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Alternatives to Mustache

Handlebars.js, TypeScript, Smarty, Pug, and Jinja are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Mustache.
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What is Mustache and what are its top alternatives?

Mustache is a logic-less template syntax. It can be used for HTML, config files, source code - anything. It works by expanding tags in a template using values provided in a hash or object. We call it "logic-less" because there are no if statements, else clauses, or for loops. Instead there are only tags. Some tags are replaced with a value, some nothing, and others a series of values.
Mustache is a tool in the Templating Languages & Extensions category of a tech stack.
Mustache is an open source tool with 15.8K GitHub stars and 2.4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Mustache's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Mustache

  • Handlebars.js
    Handlebars.js

    Handlebars.js is an extension to the Mustache templating language created by Chris Wanstrath. Handlebars.js and Mustache are both logicless templating languages that keep the view and the code separated like we all know they should be. ...

  • TypeScript
    TypeScript

    TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript development. It's a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. ...

  • Pug
    Pug

    This project was formerly known as "Jade." Pug is a high performance template engine heavily influenced by Haml and implemented with JavaScript for Node.js and browsers. ...

  • Jinja
    Jinja

    It is a full featured template engine for Python. It has full unicode support, an optional integrated sandboxed execution environment, widely used and BSD licensed. ...

  • Smarty
    Smarty

    Facilitating the separation of presentation (HTML/CSS) from application logic. This implies that PHP code is application logic, and is separated from the presentation ...

  • Hogan.js
    Hogan.js

    Hogan.js is a 3.4k JS templating engine developed at Twitter. Use it as a part of your asset packager to compile templates ahead of time or include it in your browser to handle dynamic templates. ...

  • Twig
    Twig

    It is a modern template engine for PHP. It is flexible, fast, and secure. Its syntax originates from Jinja and Django templates. ...

  • EJS
    EJS

    It is a simple templating language that lets you generate HTML markup with plain JavaScript. No religiousness about how to organize things. No reinvention of iteration and control-flow. It's just plain JavaScript. ...

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Handlebars.js

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Minimal Templating on Steroids
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    Great templating language
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    Open source
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    Logicless
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    Integrates well into any codebase
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    Easy to create helper methods for complex scenarios
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    Created by Yehuda Katz
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    Easy For Fornt End Developers,learn backend
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    Awesome
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    TypeScript

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    A superset of JavaScript that compiles to clean JavaScript output
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      More intuitive and type safe javascript
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      Type safe
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      JavaScript superset
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      The best AltJS ever
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      Best AltJS for BackEnd
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      Powerful type system, including generics & JS features
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      Nice and seamless hybrid of static and dynamic typing
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      Aligned with ES development for compatibility
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      Compile time errors
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      Angular
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      Structural, rather than nominal, subtyping
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      Starts and ends with JavaScript
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      Garbage collection
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      Code may look heavy and confusing
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      Hype

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    Yshay Yaacobi

    Our first experience with .NET core was when we developed our OSS feature management platform - Tweek (https://github.com/soluto/tweek). We wanted to create a solution that is able to run anywhere (super important for OSS), has excellent performance characteristics and can fit in a multi-container architecture. We decided to implement our rule engine processor in F# , our main service was implemented in C# and other components were built using JavaScript / TypeScript and Go.

    Visual Studio Code worked really well for us as well, it worked well with all our polyglot services and the .Net core integration had great cross-platform developer experience (to be fair, F# was a bit trickier) - actually, each of our team members used a different OS (Ubuntu, macos, windows). Our production deployment ran for a time on Docker Swarm until we've decided to adopt Kubernetes with almost seamless migration process.

    After our positive experience of running .Net core workloads in containers and developing Tweek's .Net services on non-windows machines, C# had gained back some of its popularity (originally lost to Node.js), and other teams have been using it for developing microservices, k8s sidecars (like https://github.com/Soluto/airbag), cli tools, serverless functions and other projects...

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    Adebayo Akinlaja
    Engineering Manager at Andela · | 29 upvotes · 1.6M views

    I picked up an idea to develop and it was no brainer I had to go with React for the frontend. I was faced with challenges when it came to what component framework to use. I had worked extensively with Material-UI but I needed something different that would offer me wider range of well customized components (I became pretty slow at styling). I brought in Evergreen after several sampling and reads online but again, after several prototype development against Evergreen—since I was using TypeScript and I had to import custom Type, it felt exhaustive. After I validated Evergreen with the designs of the idea I was developing, I also noticed I might have to do a lot of styling. I later stumbled on Material Kit, the one specifically made for React . It was promising with beautifully crafted components, most of which fits into the designs pages I had on ground.

    A major problem of Material Kit for me is it isn't written in TypeScript and there isn't any plans to support its TypeScript version. I rolled up my sleeve and started converting their components to TypeScript and if you'll ask me, I am still on it.

    In summary, I used the Create React App with TypeScript support and I am spending some time converting Material Kit to TypeScript before I start developing against it. All of these components are going to be hosted on Bit.

    If you feel I am crazy or I have gotten something wrong, I'll be willing to listen to your opinion. Also, if you want to have a share of whatever TypeScript version of Material Kit I end up coming up with, let me know.

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    Pug

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    Robust, elegant, feature rich template engine for nodejs
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    PROS OF PUG
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      Elegant html
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      Great with nodejs
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      Very short syntax
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      Open source
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      Structured with indentation
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      Free
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      It's not HAML
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      Really similar to Slim (from Ruby fame)
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      Gulp
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      Clean syntax
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      Readable code
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      Easy setup
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      Difficult For Front End Developers,learn backend
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      Disdain for angled brackets
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      Jinja

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        It is simple to use
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        Smarty

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        Template engine for PHP
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            Hogan.js

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            PROS OF HOGAN.JS
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              Lightweight
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              Twig

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              A flexible, fast, and secure template engine
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              PROS OF TWIG
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                For both nodejs and php
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                Gulp
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                Native html, xml, txt etc
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                Front to back with no efforts
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                I am consulting for a company that wants to move its current CubeCart e-commerce site to another PHP based platform like PrestaShop or Magento. I was interested in alternatives that utilize Node.js as the primary platform. I currently don't know PHP, but I have done full stack dev with Java, Spring, Thymeleaf, etc.. I am just unsure that learning a set of technologies not commonly used makes sense. For example, in PrestaShop, I would need to work with JavaScript better and learn PHP, Twig, and Bootstrap. It seems more cumbersome than a Node JS system, where the language syntax stays the same for the full stack. I am looking for thoughts and advice on the relevance of PHP skillset into the future AND whether the Node based e-commerce open source options can compete with Magento or Prestashop.

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                EJS

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                An Embedded JavaScript templating Language
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                PROS OF EJS
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                  For a beginner it's just plain javascript code
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                  It'a easy to understand the concept behind it
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                  Quick for templating UI project
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                  You almost know how to use it from start
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