JavaScript template language shootoff

JavaScript performance comparison

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Info

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

Added doT, doU and jQote2 to benchmarks.

Preparation code

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

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

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://rawgit.com/hij1nx/JUP/master/lib/jup.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://rawgit.com/janl/mustache.js/master/mustache.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://github.com/downloads/paul/handlebars.js/handlebars.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
(function() {
    var cache = {};

    this.tmpl = function tmpl(str, data) {
        // Figure out if we're getting a template, or if we need to
        // load the template - and be sure to cache the result.
        var fn = !/\W/.test(str) ?
      cache[str] = cache[str] ||
        tmpl(document.getElementById(str).innerHTML) :

        // Generate a reusable function that will serve as a template
        // generator (and which will be cached).
      new Function("obj",
        "var p=[],print=function(){p.push.apply(p,arguments);};" +

        // Introduce the data as local variables using with(){}
        "with(obj){p.push('" +

        // Convert the template into pure JavaScript
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('');");
        // Provide some basic currying to the user
        return data ? fn(data) : fn;
    };
})();
</script>

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

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://rawgit.com/bmeck/550723/raw/12d176698628e30a1df398c7ac7aea93924e1294/jade.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://rawgit.com/jashkenas/coffeescript/master/extras/coffee-script.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://sstephenson.github.com/eco/dist/eco.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.microsoft.com/ajax/jquery.templates/beta1/jquery.tmpl.min.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://rawgit.com/olado/doT/master/doT.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://rawgit.com/olado/doT/master/doU.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://rawgit.com/aefxx/jQote2/69b2053a13f5f180e696de9b3dba856a3c00678c/jquery.jqote2.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" >
  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.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");
 
  window.ecoTemplate = eco("<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 item in @list: %><li class='item'><%- item %></li><% end %></ul></div>");
 
  window.jQueryTemplate = $.template(null, "<div><h1 class='header'>${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'>${header6}</h6><ul class='list'>{{each list}}<li class='item'>${$value}</li>{{/each}}</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.doUtemplate = doU.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.jqote_tmpl = "<div><h1 class='header'><%= this.header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%= this.header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%= this.header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%= this.header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%= this.header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%= this.header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for (var n = 0, l = this.list.length; n < l; n++) { %><li class='item'><%= this.list[n] %></li><% } %></ul></div>";
 
  window.jqote2 = $.jqotec(jqote_tmpl);
</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…
Eco Template
ecoTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
jQuery Templates
$.tmpl(jQueryTemplate, sharedVariables);
pending…
Handlebars.js
handlebarsTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
doT.js
doTtemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
doU.js
doUtemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
jQote2 direct
jqote2.call(sharedVariables, 0, 0, [sharedVariables], jqote2);
pending…

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