DOM vs innerHTML based Templating

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 7 of this test case created by bradleymeck

Info

A brief comparison of some JavaScript templating engines on a short template: 7 DOM nodes ... 7 interpolated values.

Preparation code

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

<script src="http://documentcloud.github.com/underscore/underscore.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/janl/mustache.js/raw/master/mustache.js"></script>

<script src="http://gist.github.com/raw/550881/29bb186167079c0b33ab6e9d50d779f37860cfa4/micro.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/creationix/haml-js/raw/master/lib/haml.js"></script>

<script src="http://gist.github.com/raw/550723/12d176698628e30a1df398c7ac7aea93924e1294/jade.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/hij1nx/JUP/raw/master/js/jup.js"></script>

<script src="http://gist.github.com/raw/578481/0eafd4f076dcc48f551f06cb6e877d3d052bd08d/pistachio1.js"></script>

<script>
  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.micro = "<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.underscoreTemplate = _.template(micro);
 
  window.resigTemplate = tmpl(micro);
 
  window.sharedVariables = {
   header: "Header",
   header2: "Header2",
   header3: "Header3",
   header4: "Header4",
   header5: "Header5",
   header6: "Header6",
   list: ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']
  };
 
  window.jupTemplate = ['div', ['h1',
  {
   'class': 'header'
  }, "{{header}}"],
   ['h2',
   {
    'class': 'header2'
   }, "{{header2}}"],
   ['h3',
   {
    'class': 'header3'
   }, "{{header3}}"],
   ['h4',
   {
    'class': 'header4'
   }, "{{header4}}"],
   ['h5',
   {
    'class': 'header5'
   }, "{{header5}}"],
   ['h6',
   {
    'class': 'header6'
   }, "{{header6}}"],
   ['ul',
   {
    'class': 'list'
   }, ['li',
   {
    'class': 'item'
   }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item}'
    }, '{{list}}']
   ]
  ];
 
  window.jadeTemplate = "div\n  h1.header!= header\n  h2.header2!= header2\n  h3.header3!= header3\n  h4.header4!= header4\n  h5.header5!= header5\n  h6.header6!= header6\n  ul.list\n    - each item in list\n      li.item!= item";
 
  window.hamlTemplate = Haml("%div\n  %h1.header= header\n  %h2.header2= header2\n  %h3.header3= header3\n  %h4.header4= header4\n  %h5.header5= header5\n  %h6.header6= header6\n  %ul.list\n    :each item in list\n      %li.item= item");
 
  jade.render(jadeTemplate, {
   locals: sharedVariables,
   filename: 'test.js',
   cache: true
  });
 
  window.pistachioTemplate = pistachio.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>", {
  default:
   ""
  })
</script>

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Test Ops/sec
Mustache.js Template
Mustache.to_html(mustacheTemplate, sharedVariables);
pending…
Resig Micro-Templating.
resigTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
Creationix's Haml-js Template
hamlTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
Jade Template
jade.render(jadeTemplate, {
 locals: sharedVariables,
 filename: 'test.js',
 cache: true
});
pending…
JUP Template
JUP.html([sharedVariables], jupTemplate);
pending…
Underscore.js Template
underscoreTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
Pistachio Template
pistachioTemplate(sharedVariables, {}, {
 write: function(data) {
  return data + ""
 } //dont act like its free?
});
pending…

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