Transparency vs. other template engines

JavaScript performance comparison

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Info

Transparency vs. other template engines. Based on http://jsperf.com/dom-vs-innerhtml-based-templating

Preparation code

<script src="http://cloud.github.com/downloads/wycats/handlebars.js/handlebars-1.0.0.beta.6.js"></script>
<script src=http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.7.1.min.js></script>
<script src="https://github.com/leonidas/transparency/blob/master/dist/transparency.min.js"></script>
<script src="http://distal.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/distal.js"></script>
<script src="https://raw.github.com/flatiron/plates/master/lib/plates.js"></script>
<script src="https://github.com/olado/doT/raw/master/doT.js"></script>
<script src="https://raw.github.com/SteveSanderson/knockout/master/build/knockout-raw.js"></script>


<style>
h2.header{
background-color: ghostwhite;
color: midnightblue;
padding: 3px 5px;
border: 1px solid #111111;
}
</style>
<h2 class="header">Transparency</h2>
<div id="transparency">
  <h1 class='header'>1 Placeholder</h1>
  <h2 class='header2'>2 Placeholder</h2>
  <h3 class='header3'>3 Placeholder</h3>
  <h4 class='header4'>4 Placeholder</h4>
  <h5 class='header5'>5 Placeholder</h5>
  <h6 class='header6'>6 Placeholder</h6>
  <ul class='list'>
    <li class='item'>Item placeholder</li>
  </ul>
</div>

<h2 class="header">Handlebars</h2>
<div id="handlebars"></div>

<h2 class="header">Distal</h2>
<div id="distal">
  <h1 data-qtext="header">1 Placeholder</h1>
  <h2 data-qtext="header2">2 Placeholder</h2>
  <h3 data-qtext="header3">3 Placeholder</h3>
  <h4 data-qtext="header4">4 Placeholder</h4>
  <h5 data-qtext="header5">5 Placeholder</h5>
  <h6 data-qtext="header6">6 Placeholder</h6>
  <ul>
    <li data-qrepeat="m list" data-qtext="m">Item placeholder</li>
  </ul>
</div>


<h2 class="header">Plates</h2>
<div id="platesTemplate" style="display:none;">
  <h1 id='header'>1 Placeholder</h1>
  <h2 id='header2'>2 Placeholder</h2>
  <h3 id='header3'>3 Placeholder</h3>
  <h4 id='header4'>4 Placeholder</h4>
  <h5 id='header5'>5 Placeholder</h5>
  <h6 id='header6'>6 Placeholder</h6>
  <ul>
    <li class='list'>Item placeholder</li>
  </ul>
</div>
<div id="plates"></div>

<h2 class="header">doT.js</h2>
<div id="dot"></div>

<h2 class="header">Knockout</h2>
<div id="knockout">
  <h1 data-bind="text: header">1 Placeholder</h1>
  <h2 data-bind="text: header2">2 Placeholder</h2>
  <h3 data-bind="text: header3">3 Placeholder</h3>
  <h4 data-bind="text: header4">4 Placeholder</h4>
  <h5 data-bind="text: header5">5 Placeholder</h5>
  <h6 data-bind="text: header6">6 Placeholder</h6>
  <ul data-bind="foreach: list">
    <li><span data-bind="text: $data">Item placeholder</span></li>
  </ul>
</div>
<script>
Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
    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.transparencyTemplate = document.getElementById('transparency');
   
    window.distalTemplate     = document.getElementById('distal');
   
    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'>{{#list}}<li class='item'>{{this}}</li>{{/list}}</ul></div>");
   
    window.handlebarsOutput     = document.getElementById('handlebars');
   
    window.platesTemplate = $('#platesTemplate').html();
    window.platesOutput = document.getElementById("plates");
   
    window.dotTemplate = doT.template("<div><h1>{{=it.header}}</h1><h2>{{=it.header2}}</h2><h3>{{=it.header3}}</h3><h4>{{=it.header4}}</h4><h5>{{=it.header5}}</h5><h6>{{=it.header6}}</h6><ul>{{ for (var i = 0, l = it.list.length; i < l; i++) { }}<li class='item'>{{=it.list[i]}}</li>{{ } }}</ul></div>");
    window.dotOutput = document.getElementById("dot");
   
    window.knockoutTemplate = document.getElementById("knockout");
};
</script>

Preparation code output

Transparency

1 Placeholder

2 Placeholder

3 Placeholder

4 Placeholder

5 Placeholder
6 Placeholder
  • Item placeholder

Handlebars

Distal

1 Placeholder

2 Placeholder

3 Placeholder

4 Placeholder

5 Placeholder
6 Placeholder
  • Item placeholder

Plates

doT.js

Knockout

1 Placeholder

2 Placeholder

3 Placeholder

4 Placeholder

5 Placeholder
6 Placeholder
  • Item placeholder

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Testing in unknown unknown
Test Ops/sec
Transparency
Transparency.render(transparencyTemplate, sharedVariables);
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Handlebars
handlebarsOutput.innerHTML = handlebarsTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Distal
distal(distalTemplate, sharedVariables);
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Plates
platesOutput.innerHTML = Plates.bind(platesTemplate, sharedVariables);
pending…
doT.js
dotOutput.innerHTML = dotTemplate(sharedVariables);
pending…
Knockout (list not working)
ko.applyBindings(sharedVariables, knockoutTemplate);
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