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Server-side JavaScript template compilation and packaging

Project Description

The jstc Python package compiles and packages JavaScript templates for delivery to browsers for client-side evaluation.

Currently, only Handlebars and Mustache template formats are supported natively, however this is easily extended via jstc’s plugin mechanism.


$ pip install jstc

Optionally, the handlebars pre-compiler can be installed to pre-compile JavaScript templates for faster client-side rendering:

# OPTIONAL: install handlebars pre-compiler
$ npm install handlebars
$ export PATH="`pwd`/node_modules/.bin:$PATH"


The typical usage is to have something similar to the following in your HTML generation template (here, using Mako syntax):

<%! import jstc %>
  <!-- ... -->

    <div id="Main">Loading...</div>

    <!-- load all the *.hbs templates -->
    <div id="Templates" style="display:none">

    <script type="text/javascript">
      // your javascript that makes use of the templates



Given that the following files exist in the Python package myapp:

File myapp/static/templates/common/hello.hbs:

Hello, {{name}}!

File myapp/static/templates/common/inputs.hbs (a “multi-template” file):

##! text

  <input type="text" name="{{name}}" value="{{value}}"/>

##! checkbox

  <input type="checkbox" name="{{name}}" value="1" {{#if value}}checked="checked"{{/if}}/>

Then, the Python code (inline and precompile attributes used for output simplicity):

import jstc
  'myapp:static/templates/common/**.hbs', 'static/templates',
  force_inline=True, force_precompile=False)

Outputs the following HTML (whitespace and newlines added for clarity):

<script type="text/x-handlebars" data-template-name="common/hello">
  Hello, {{name}}!

<script type="text/x-handlebars" data-template-name="common/inputs/text">
  <input type="text" name="{{name}}" value="{{value}}"/>

<script type="text/x-handlebars" data-template-name="common/inputs/checkbox">
  <input type="checkbox" name="{{name}}" value="1" {{#if value}}checked="checked"{{/if}}/>

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