JavaScript template language shootoff

JavaScript performance comparison

Revision 873 of this test case created by Hypermedia

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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:

Bringing Back The doT

It appears doT seems to have been out of the template tests for too long. There were two very trivial syntax errors in the template, which lead to its removal.

One modification has been made to the template; it's now using the explicit array iteration syntax.

[Updated Nov 30th 2013 - doT Template]



Understanding Kendo UI Template Performance

It's not magic. Through careful performance testing, we have found that string concatenation (+=) outside of a "with" block is significantly faster than JavaScript array push/join operations in a "with" block. This helps Kendo UI Templates run as fast as possible. Additional optimizations are coming soon to make performance in a "with" block better, too.

More on Kendo UI Templates

Note: When adding a new test, please ensure that your test returns the same HTML string (or equivalent DOM fragment) as the others.

[Updated Nov 2013 to included latest versions of libraries]

Preparation code

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

<script src="http://olado.github.io/doT/doT.min.js"></script>

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

<script src="http://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/mustache.js/0.7.2/mustache.min.js"></script>
<script src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/hogan.js/2.0.0/hogan.js"></script>
<script src="http://cloud.github.com/downloads/wycats/handlebars.js/handlebars-1.0.0.beta.6.js"></script>

<script src="http://cdn.kendostatic.com/2013.3.1119/js/kendo.all.min.js"></script>

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


<script src="http://ajax.microsoft.com/ajax/jquery.templates/beta1/jquery.tmpl.min.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: ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']
  };

window.doTTemplate = doT.compile("<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'>{{~it.list :value:index}}<li class='item'>{{=value}}</li>{{~}}</ul></div>", {append:false});

window.doTTemplateA = doT.compile("<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'>{{~it.list :value:index}}<li class='item'>{{=value}}</li>{{~}}</ul></div>", {append:true});

window.jQueryTemplate = $.template(null, "<div><h1 class='header'>{{html header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{html header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{html header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{html header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{html header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{html header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{each list}}<li class='item'>{{html $value}}</li>{{/each}}</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.mustacheCompiledTemplate = Mustache.compile(window.mustacheTemplate);

window.hogangCompiledTemplate = Hogan.compile(window.mustacheTemplate);

  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.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>";
 
  //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>");
</script>

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Test Ops/sec
doT Template (Append)
doTTemplateA(sharedVariables)
pending…
doT Template
doTTemplate(sharedVariables)
pending…
Kendo UI Templates (Default)
kendouiTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
Kendo UI Templates (No "with" block)
kendouiTemplate2(sharedVariables)
pending…
Kendo UI Templates (External Temp Def)
kendoUIAlt(sharedVariables);
pending…
Kendo UI Templates (External Temp Def - No "with" block))
kendoUIAlt2(sharedVariables);
pending…
Handlebars.js
handlebarsTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
Underscore.js Template
underscoreTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
Resig Micro Templates (modified)
resig(sharedVariables)
pending…
Resig Micro Templates (No "with" block)
resig2(sharedVariables)
pending…
Mustache Compiled Template
mustacheCompiledTemplate(sharedVariables)
pending…
Hogan CompiledTemplate
hogangCompiledTemplate.render(sharedVariables)
pending…
jQuery Templates
jQueryTemplate($, {
  data: sharedVariables
}).join("");
pending…

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