Simple solution for compiling jade templates into vanilla JS functions for blazin' fast client-side use.

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Simple solution for compiling jade templates into vanilla JS functions for blazin' fast client-side use.

What is this?

Client-side templating is overly complicated, ultimately what you actually want is a function you can call from your JS that puts your data in a template. Why should I have to send a bunch of strings with Mustaches {{}} or other silly stuff for the client to parse? Ultimately, all I want is a function that I can call with some variable to render the string I want.

So, the question is, what's a sane way to get to that point? Enter jade. Simple, intuitive templating, and happens to be what I use on the server anyway. So... Jade has some awesome stuff for compiling templates into functions. I just built templatizer to make it easy to turn a folder full of jade templates into a CommonJS module that exports all the template functions by whatever their file name.

Is it faster?

From my tests it's 6 to 10 times faster than mustache.js with ICanHaz.

How do I use it?

  1. npm install templatizer
  2. Write all your templates as individual jade files in a folder in your project.
  3. Somewhere in your build process do this:
var templatizer = require('templatizer');

// pass in the template directory and what you want to 
// save the output file as. That's it!
templatizer(__dirname + '/templates', __dirname + '/demo_output.js', options);

So a folder like this


Complies down to a JS file that looks something like this:

// here's about 2k worth of utils that jade uses to DRY up the template code a bit. 
// Includes some basic shims for Object.keys, etc.
var jade=function(exports){ ... }

// a function built from the `user.jade` file
// that takes your data and returns a string.
exports.user = function () {} 

// built from the `app.jade` file
exports.app = function () {} // the function 

// folders become nested objects so 
// myfolder/nestedTemplate.jade becomes
exports.myfolder.nestedTemplate = function () {} // the template function

// etc. etc

The awesome thing is... there are no external dependencies because they're just functions at this point. Crazy fast, SO MUCH WIN!!!!

Jade Options

Use options.jade to set options for when templatizer calls jade.compile(file, options.jade).

Mixin Support

Jade has a feature called mixins which when compiled get treated as function declarations within the compiled function. Templatizer pulls these out of the compiled function and places them on the namespace of the parent function. For example:

// users.jade
    each user in users
        mixin user(user)

mixin user(user)
    // Jade mixin content

Templatizer will compile this as

// Compiled fn from file
exports.users = function () {}

// Compiled mixin fn
exports.users.user = function (user) {}

This is helpful as it allows you to call users() to create your list and then users.user() to render just a single item in the list.


Check out the demo_output.js file for... err... demo output built from the templates directory in this project.


  • v0.2.9 diff - Adding path normalize to avoid issues if passing in paths like /thing/../otherfolder.




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