JavaScript template language shootoff

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 584 of this test case created by Nate Cavanaugh

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A limited comparison of some popular JavaScript templating engines on a short template: 6 header tags, and 10 list items. Compared templating engines:

Preparation code

<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js"></script>

<script src="https://raw.github.com/documentcloud/underscore/master/underscore.js"></script>

<script src="http://ajax.cdnjs.com/ajax/libs/mustache.js/0.3.0/mustache.min.js"></script>

<script src="https://github.com/downloads/wycats/handlebars.js/handlebars.1.0.0.beta.3.js"></script>

<script src="http://cdn.kendostatic.com/2012.1.322/js/kendo.all.min.js"></script>

<script src="http://jashkenas.github.com/coffee-script/extras/coffee-script.js"></script>

<script src="http://borismoore.github.com/jsrender/jsrender.js"></script>

<script src="https://raw.github.com/twitter/hogan.js/master/lib/template.js"></script>
<script src="https://raw.github.com/twitter/hogan.js/master/lib/compiler.js"></script>
<script src="https://github.com/olado/doT/raw/master/doT.js">
</script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://juicer.name/javascripts/juicer-min.js"></script>
<script src="http://deploy.alloyui.com/lib/yui-combo/combo.php?./../../build/yui/yui-min.js&./../../build/aui-base/aui-base-min.js&./../../build/oop/oop.js&./../../build/event-custom-base/event-custom-base.js&./../../build/event-custom-complex/event-custom-complex.js&./../../build/intl/intl.js&./../../build/dom-core/dom-core.js&./../../build/dom-base/dom-base.js&./../../build/selector-native/selector-native.js&./../../build/selector/selector.js&./../../build/node-core/node-core.js&./../../build/node-base/node-base.js&./../../build/event-base/event-base.js&./../../build/event-delegate/event-delegate.js&./../../build/event-synthetic/event-synthetic.js&./../../build/event-mousewheel/event-mousewheel.js&./../../build/event-mouseenter/event-mouseenter.js&./../../build/event-key/event-key.js&./../../build/event-focus/event-focus.js&./../../build/event-resize/event-resize.js&./../../build/event-hover/event-hover.js&./../../build/event-outside/event-outside.js&./../../build/node-event-delegate/node-event-delegate.js&./../../build/pluginhost-base/pluginhost-base.js&./../../build/pluginhost-config/pluginhost-config.js&./../../build/node-pluginhost/node-pluginhost.js&./../../build/dom-style/dom-style.js&./../../build/dom-screen/dom-screen.js&./../../build/node-screen/node-screen.js&./../../build/node-style/node-style.js&./../../build/classnamemanager/classnamemanager.js&./../../build/aui-classnamemanager/aui-classnamemanager.js&./../../build/aui-node/aui-node-base.js&./../../build/array-extras/array-extras.js&./../../build/arraylist/arraylist.js&./../../build/arraylist-add/arraylist-add.js&./../../build/arraylist-filter/arraylist-filter.js&./../../build/array-invoke/array-invoke.js&./../../build/attribute-base/attribute-base.js&./../../build/attribute-complex/attribute-complex.js&./../../build/base-base/base-base.js&./../../build/base-pluginhost/base-pluginhost.js&./../../build/widget-base/widget-base.js&./../../build/widget-htmlparser/widget-htmlparser.js&./../../build/widget-uievents/widget-uievents.js&./../../build/widget-skin/widget-skin.js&./../../build/aui-component/aui-component.js&./../../build/aui-debounce/aui-debounce.js&./../../build/aui-delayed-task/aui-delayed-task.js&./../../build/selector-css2/selector-css2.js&./../../build/selector-css3/selector-css3.js&./../../build/aui-selector/aui-selector.js&./../../build/aui-event/aui-event-base.js&./../../build/yui-throttle/yui-throttle.js&./../../build/aui-node/aui-node-html5.js&./../../build/aui-node/aui-node-html5-print.js&./../../build/attribute-core/attribute-core.js&./../../build/base-core/base-core.js&./../../build/attribute-events/attribute-events.js&./../../build/attribute-extras/attribute-extras.js&./../../build/base-build/base-build.js&./../../build/event-touch/event-touch.js&./../../build/event-move/event-move.js&./../../build/event-flick/event-flick.js&./../../build/event-valuechange/event-valuechange.js&./../../build/event-tap/event-tap.js&./../../build/aui-template/aui-template.js"></script>

<!--External Template Definitions-->
<script type="text/x-kendo-template" id="kendoUIextTemplate">
<div>
<h1 class='header'>#= data.header #</h1>
<h2 class='header2'>#= data.header2 #</h2>
<h3 class='header3'>#= data.header3 #</h3>
<h4 class='header4'>#= data.header4 #</h4>
<h5 class='header5'>#= data.header5 #</h5>
<h6 class='header6'>#= data.header6 #</h6>
<ul class='list'>
   # for (var i = 0, l = data.list.length; i < l; i++) { #
   <li class='item'>#= data.list[i] #</li>
   # } #
</ul>
</div>
</script>
<script>
  window.sharedVariables = {
   header: "Header",
   header2: "Header2",
   header3: "Header3",
   header4: "Header4",
   header5: "Header5",
   header6: "Header6",
   list: ['1000000000', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']
  };
 

  //JsRender compiled template (no encoding)
  window.jsRenderTemplate = $.templates("<div><h1 class='header'>{{:header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{:header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{:header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{:header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{:header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{:header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{for list}}<li class='item'>{{:#data}}</li>{{/for}}</ul></div>");
 
  window.mustacheTemplate = "<div><h1 class='header'>{{{header}}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{{header2}}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{{header3}}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{{header4}}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{{header5}}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{{header6}}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{#list}}<li class='item'>{{{.}}}</li>{{/list}}</ul></div>";
 
  window.handlebarsTemplate = Handlebars.compile("<div><h1 class='header'>{{header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{#each list}}<li class='item'>{{this}}</li>{{/each}}</ul></div>");
 
  window.kendouiTemplate = kendo.template("<div><h1 class='header'>#= data.header #</h1><h2 class='header2'>#= data.header2 #</h2><h3 class='header3'>#= data.header3 #</h3><h4 class='header4'>#= data.header4 #</h4><h5 class='header5'>#= data.header5 #</h5><h6 class='header6'>#= data.header6 #</h6><ul class='list'># for (var i = 0, l = data.list.length; i < l; i++) { #<li class='item'>#= data.list[i] #</li># } #</ul></div>", {useWithBlock:true});
 
  window.kendouiTemplate2 = kendo.template("<div><h1 class='header'>#= data.header #</h1><h2 class='header2'>#= data.header2 #</h2><h3 class='header3'>#= data.header3 #</h3><h4 class='header4'>#= data.header4 #</h4><h5 class='header5'>#= data.header5 #</h5><h6 class='header6'>#= data.header6 #</h6><ul class='list'># for (var i = 0, l = data.list.length; i < l; i++) { #<li class='item'>#= data.list[i] #</li># } #</ul></div>", {useWithBlock:false});
 
  //Use external template definition
  window.kendoUIAlt = kendo.template($("#kendoUIextTemplate").html());
  window.kendoUIAlt2 = kendo.template($("#kendoUIextTemplate").html(), {useWithBlock:false});
 
  window.underscoreTemplate = _.template("<div><h1 class='header'><%= header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%= header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%= header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%= header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%= header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%= header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for (var i = 0, l = list.length; i < l; i++) { %><li class='item'><%= list[i] %></li><% } %></ul></div>");
 
  window.underscoreTemplateNoWith = _.template("<div><h1 class='header'><%= data.header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%= data.header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%= data.header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%= data.header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%= data.header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%= data.header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for (var i = 0, l = data.list.length; i < l; i++) { %><li class='item'><%= data.list[i] %></li><% } %></ul></div>", null, {variable: 'data'});

  window.baseHtml = "<div><h1 class='header'></h1><h2 class='header2'></h2><h3 class='header3'></h3><h4 class='header4'></h4><h5 class='header5'></h5><h6 class='header6'></h6><ul class='list'><li class='item'></li></ul></div>";
 
window.doTtemplate = doT.template("<div><h1 class='header'>{{=it.header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{=it.header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{=it.header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{=it.header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{=it.header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{=it.header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{for(var i = 0,l=it.list.length;i<l;i++) { }}<li class='item'>{{=it.list[i]}}</li>{{ } }}</ul></div>");

window.doTtemplate2 = doT.template("<div><h1 class='header'>{{!it.header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{!it.header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{!it.header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{!it.header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{=it.header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{!it.header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{for(var i = 0,l=it.list.length;i<l;i++) { }}<li class='item'>{{!it.list[i]}}</li>{{ } }}</ul></div>");

window.ALLOY = AUI({fetchCSS: false}).use('aui-template');
 
  window.auiTemplate = new ALLOY.Template('<div><h1 class="header">{header}</h1><h2 class="header2">{header2}</h2><h3 class="header3">{header3}</h3><h4 class="header4">{header4}</h4><h5 class="header5">{header5}</h5><h6 class="header6">{header6}</h6><ul class="list"><tpl for="list"><li class="item">{.}</li></tpl></ul></div>');
 
  //Resig Template Function (modified to support ')
  function tmpl(str) {
              var strFunc =
              "var p=[];" +
                          "with(obj){p.push('" +
 
              str.replace(/[\r\t\n]/g, " ")
                 .replace(/'(?=[^#]*#>)/g, "\t")
                 .split("'").join("\\'")
                 .split("\t").join("'")
                 .replace(/<#=(.+?)#>/g, "',$1,'")
                 .split("<#").join("');")
                 .split("#>").join("p.push('")
                 + "');}return p.join('');";
 
              return new Function("obj", strFunc);
          }
 
  window.resig = tmpl("<div><h1 class='header'><#= header #></h1><h2 class='header2'><#= header2 #></h2><h3 class='header3'><#= header3 #></h3><h4 class='header4'><#= header4 #></h4><h5 class='header5'><#= header5 #></h5><h6 class='header6'><#= header6 #></h6><ul class='list'><# for (var i = 0, l = list.length; i < l; i++) { #><li class='item'><#= list[i] #></li><# } #></ul></div>");
 
  //Resig modified template function (no "with" block)
  function tmpl2(str) {
              var strFunc =
              "var p=[];" +
                          "p.push('" +
 
              str.replace(/[\r\t\n]/g, " ")
                 .replace(/'(?=[^#]*#>)/g, "\t")
                 .split("'").join("\\'")
                 .split("\t").join("'")
                 .replace(/<#=(.+?)#>/g, "',$1,'")
                 .split("<#").join("');")
                 .split("#>").join("p.push('")
                 + "');return p.join('');";
 
              return new Function("data", strFunc);
          }
 
  window.resig2 = tmpl2("<div><h1 class='header'><#= data.header #></h1><h2 class='header2'><#= data.header2 #></h2><h3 class='header3'><#= data.header3 #></h3><h4 class='header4'><#= data.header4 #></h4><h5 class='header5'><#= data.header5 #></h5><h6 class='header6'><#= data.header6 #></h6><ul class='list'><# for (var i = 0, l = data.list.length; i < l; i++) { #><li class='item'><#= data.list[i] #></li><# } #></ul></div>");

  window.hoganTemplate = Hogan.compile("<div><h1 class='header'>{{{header}}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{{header2}}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{{header3}}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{{header4}}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{{header5}}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{{header6}}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{#list}}<li class='item'>{{{.}}}</li>{{/list}}</ul></div>");




window.juicerTemplate = "<div><h1 class='header'>${sharedVariables.header}</h1><h2 class='header2'>${sharedVariables.header2}</h2><h3 class='header3'>${sharedVariables.header3}</h3><h4 class='header4'>${sharedVariables.header4}</h4><h5 class='header5'>${sharedVariables.header5}</h5><h6 class='header6'>${sharedVariables.header6}</h6><ul class='list'>{@each sharedVariables.list as it}<li class='item'>${it}</li>{{@/each}}</ul></div>";


</script>


<div id="template" style="display:none"></div>

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Test Ops/sec
doT.js
doTtemplate(sharedVariables);
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Kendo UI Templates (Default)
kendouiTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Kendo UI Templates (No "with" block)
kendouiTemplate2(sharedVariables);
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Handlebars.js
handlebarsTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Underscore.js Template
underscoreTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Resig Micro Templates (modified)
resig(sharedVariables);
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Resig Micro Templates (No "with" block)
resig2(sharedVariables);
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Underscore.js Template (No "with")
underscoreTemplateNoWith(sharedVariables);
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Hogan.js
hoganTemplate.render(sharedVariables);
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JsRender
jsRenderTemplate.render(sharedVariables);
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Mustache.js Template
Mustache.to_html(mustacheTemplate, sharedVariables);
 
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Juicer
juicer.to_html(juicerTemplate,sharedVariables,{cache:true});
pending…
doT.js escaped
doTtemplate2(sharedVariables);
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AlloyUI Template
auiTemplate.parse(sharedVariables);
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