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pybars: handlebars for python

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pybars provides a template system for Python which is compatible with


* Python 2.6+

* PyMeta (https://launchpad.net/pymeta)

Testing Dependencies

* subunit (http://pypi.python.org/pypi/python-subunit) (optional)

* testtools (http://pypi.python.org/pypi/testtools)


For details on the template language see the http://handlebarsjs.com/

Translating the engine to python required slightly different calling
conventions to the JS version:

* block helpers take (this, options, *args, **kwargs)

* other helpers take (this, *args, **kwargs)

* closures in the context take (this, *args, **kwargs)

A template like '{{foo bar quux=1}}' will pass bar as a positional argument and
quux as a keyword argument. Keyword arguments have to be non-reserved words in
Python. For instance, 'print' as a keyword argument will fail.

Templates with literal boolean arguments like '{{foo true}}' will have the
argument mapped to Python's True or False as appropriate.

For efficiency, rather that passing strings round, pybars passes a subclass of
list ('liststr') which has a __unicode__ implementation that returns
u"".join(self). Template helpers can return any of list, tuple, unicode or
liststr instances. liststr exists to avoid quadratic overheads in string
processing during template rendering. Helpers that are in inner loops *should*
return list or liststr for the same reason.

**NOTE** The liststr takes the position of SafeString in the js implementation:
when returning a liststr it will not be escaped, even in a regular {{}}

The 'data' facility from the JS implementation has not been ported at this
point, if there is demand for it it would be quite easy to add. Similarly
the stringParams feature has not been ported - quote anything you wish to force
to a string in a helper call.

Typical usage:

* Grab a compiler:

  >>> from pybars import Compiler
  >>> compiler = Compiler()

* Register any extensions you need:

  >>> def _list(this, options, items):
  ...     result = [u'<ul>']
  ...     for thing in items:
  ...         result.append(u'<li>')
  ...         result.extend(options['fn'](thing))
  ...         result.append(u'</li>')
  ...     result.append(u'</ul>')
  ...     return result
  >>> compiler.register_helper(u'list', _list)

* And compile your template:

  >>> source = u"{{#list people}}{{firstName}} {{lastName}}{{/list}}"
  >>> template = compiler.compile(source)

* You can now render it:

  >>> template({
  ...     'people': [
  ...         {'firstName': "Yehuda", 'lastName': "Katz"},
  ...         {'firstName': "Carl", 'lastName': "Lerche"},
  ...         {'firstName': "Alan", 'lastName': "Johnson"}
  ...    ]})
  <ul><li>Yehuda Katz</li><li>Carl Lerche</li><li>Alan Johnson</li></ul>

More details should be found by reading the API docs (e.g. pydoc pybars).


Either run setup.py in an environment with all the dependencies available, or
add the working directory to your PYTHONPATH.


Upstream development takes place at https://launchpad.net/pybars.
To setup a working area for development, if the dependencies are not
immediately available, you can use ./bootstrap.py to create bin/buildout, then
bin/py to get a python interpreter with the dependencies available.

To run the tests use the runner of your choice, the test suite is

For instance::

  $ bin/py -m testtools.run pybars.tests.test_suite

pybars is testrepository enabled, so you can just do:

  $ testr init
  $ testr run