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Benchpress is an ultralight (1.3kb minified) and super fast templating framework for Javascript and node.js.

It has express support out-of-the-box, and requires zero client-side dependencies.

Installation

Benchpress is available as an npm module:

npm i benchpressjs

For native module acceleration on Windows, you must have the VS2015 Redistributable binaries installed:

Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015

API

Benchpress uses an ahead of time (AOT) compilation model. It requires that you precompile templates into Javascript modules before using them.

.precompile(source, { minify = false, unsafe = false }): Promise<string>

This method compiles a template source into Javascript code, optionally minifying the result with UglifyJS

const benchpress = require('benchpressjs');
const template = 'My favourite forum software is {forum}. This templating engine is written in {language}.';
benchpress.precompile(template, {}).then((precompiled) => {
  // store it somewhere
});

// precompiled output
(function (factory) {
  if (typeof module === 'object' && module.exports) {
    module.exports = factory();
  } else if (typeof define === 'function' && define.amd) {
    define(factory);
  }
})(function () {
  function compiled(helpers, context, get, iter, helper) {
    return 'My favourite forum software is ' + get(context && context['forum']) + '. This templating engine is written in ' + get(context && context['language']) + '.';
  }

  return compiled;
});

.__express

This method provides an express engine API.

const express = require('express');
const app = express();
const benchpress = require('benchpressjs');

const data = {
  foo: 'bar',
};

app.configure(function() {
  app.engine('jst', benchpress.__express);
  app.set('view engine', 'jst');
  app.set('views', 'path/to/compiled/templates');
});

app.render('myview', data, function(err, html) {
  console.log(html);
});

app.get('/myroute', function(res, req, next) {
  res.render('myview', data);
});

.render(template, data): Promise<string> (alias: .parse(template, data, callback(string)))

This method is used mainly to parse templates on the client-side. To use it, .registerLoader(loader) must be used to set the callback for fetching compiled template modules.

require(['benchpress'], (benchpress) => {
  benchpress.registerLoader((name, callback) => {
    // fetch `name` template module
  });

  benchpress.render('basic', {
    forum: 'NodeBB',
    language: 'Javascript',
  }).then((output) => {
    // do something with output
  });
});

This has been a quick rundown of the API. See the full docs

Template Syntax

Sample data, see test cases for more:

{
  "animals": [
    {
      "name": "Cat",
      "species": "Felis silvestris catus",
      "isHuman": false,
    },
    {
      "name": "Dog",
      "species": "Canis lupus familiaris",
      "isHuman": false,
    },
    {
      "name": "Human",
      "species": "Homo sapiens",
      "isHuman": true
    }
  ],
  "package": {
    "name": "benchpressjs",
    "author": "psychobunny",
    "url": "http://www.github.com/benchpressjs/benchpress"
  },
  "website": "http://burnaftercompiling.com",
  "sayHello": true
}

Simple key/value

My blog URL is {website}. The URL for this library is {{package.url}}

Conditionals

<!-- IF sayHello -->
  Hello world!
<!-- END -->

<!-- IF !somethingFalse -->
  somethingFalse doesn't exist
<!-- END -->

Benchpress supports several syntaxes for conditionals in order to be backwards compatible with templates.js. <!-- ENDIF abcd -->, <!-- END abcd -->, <!-- ENDIF !foobar -->, and <!-- END --> are all equivalent tokens as far as Benchpress is concerned.

Iteration

Repeat blocks of HTML. The two special keys @first and @last are available as booleans, and the @index, @key, and @value special keys are also available. Benchpress supports iterating over objects, in which case @index will be the current loop number and @key will be the key of the current item. For normal arrays, @key == @index.

<!-- BEGIN animals -->
  {animals.name} is from the species {animals.species}.
  <!-- IF !animals.isHuman -->
    - This could be a pet.
  <!-- ENDIF !animals.isHuman -->
<!-- END animals -->

prints out:

Cat is from the species Felis silvestris catus.
- This could be a pet.
Dog is from the Canis lupus familiaris.
- This could be a pet.
Human is from the species Homo sapiens.

Benchpress supports several syntaxes for iteration in order to be backwards compatible with templates.js:

  • <!-- END abcd --> == <!-- END foo --> == <!-- END -->
  • <!-- BEGIN abc --> {abc.def} <!-- END --> == <!-- BEGIN abc --> {../def} <!-- END --> which will print the def key of every item in abc.

There is a grey zone where if you wish to print a field of the object you are iterating over, you can't directly. This is a breaking change from templates.js. To fix this, change {abc.def} to {../../abc.def}.

Helpers

Helpers are JavaScript methods for advanced logic in templates. This example shows a really simple example of a function called print_is_human which will render text depending on the current block's data.

benchpress.registerHelper('print_is_human', function (data) {
  return (data.isHuman) ? "Is human" : "Isn't human";
});
<!-- BEGIN animals -->
{function.print_is_human}
<!-- END animals -->

prints out:

Isn't human
Isn't human
Is human

Testing

npm install
npm test

Projects using Benchpress

NodeBB

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