kkaefer edited this page May 16, 2011 · 1 revision

Underscore templating

Bones uses Underscore's _.template() function as a default template engine. To invoke partials, use this['PartialName'](obj).

Using other template engines

To add another template engine, add this code to your index.js or any other file that is loaded before the call to require('bones').load(__dirname):

require.extensions['.mytemplate'] = function(module, filename) {
    var content = fs.readFileSync(filename, 'utf8');
    var name = path.basename(filename).replace(/\..+$/, '');

    try {
        // Replace this with whatever your template engine requires to compile
        // templates. Be sure to assign the function to module.exports
        module.exports = mytemplate.compile(content);
        Bones.plugin.add(module.exports, filename);
    } catch (err) {
        // Show error message when template compilation failed.
        var lines = err.message.split('\n');
        lines.splice(1, 0, '    in template ' + filename);
        err.message = lines.join('\n');
        throw err;

    // The .register() method is called when the template is added to a server
    module.exports.register = function(app) {
        if (app.assets) {
                filename: filename,
                // Replace this with whatever you want to send to the client.
                content: 'template = ' + module.exports + ';'

Bones supports all template engines that can be compiled into a function. The resulting function accepts a hash containing parameters for that template as the first parameter.