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Markup as CoffeeScript

In celebration of whyday, here's a revisiting of Markaby's concept, this time with the fine flavour of fresh CoffeeScript:

doctype 5
html ->
  head ->
    meta charset: 'utf-8'
    title "#{@title} | My awesome website"
    meta(name: 'description', content: @description) if @description?
    link rel: 'stylesheet', href: '/stylesheets/app.css'
    style '''
      body {font-family: sans-serif}
      header, nav, section, footer {display: block}
    script src: '/javascripts/jquery.js'
    coffeescript ->
      $(document).ready ->
        alert 'Alerts are so annoying...'
  body ->
    header ->
      h1 (@title or 'No Title')
      nav ->
        ul ->
          (li -> a href: '/', -> 'Home') unless @path is '/'
          li -> a href: '/chunky', -> 'Chunky'
          li -> a href: '/bacon', -> 'Bacon!'
    section ->
      h2 "Let's count to 10:"
      p i for i in [1..10]
    footer ->
      p 'Bye!'


  • Your rendering logic in a hell of a clean, expressive and flexible language.

  • Now with a very fast implementation (see cake benchmark).

  • Precompile your templates to JS on the server and execute them on the browser with only a 2k download.

  • The same template language and implementation in node.js or the browser.

  • The most efficient CoffeeScript "filter" possible in a template engine (based on cutting edge ".toString()" technology).

  • Embedded templates (one-file apps FTW!) that you can still recognize.

  • Easily extend it into your own higher-level "dsl" by defining helpers as locals (see below).

  • Works with both coffeescript and javascript apps.

  • HTML 5 ready! Boring legacy doctypes and elements also available.

  • It's just coffeescript! Syntax checking, syntax highlighting and other goodies are already available.


Just grab node.js and npm and you're set:

npm install coffeekup


coffeekup = require 'coffeekup'

puts coffeekup.render -> h1 "You can feed me templates in code form."
puts coffeekup.render "h1 'Or raw strings. I am not too picky.'"

template = ->
  h1 @title
  form method: 'post', action: 'login', ->
    textbox id: 'username'
    textbox id: 'password'
    button @title

helpers =
  textbox: (attrs) ->
    attrs.type = 'text' =
    @input attrs

puts coffeekup.render template, context: {title: 'Log In'}, locals: helpers

With zappa:

get '/': ->
  @users = ['bob', 'alice', 'sinatra', 'zappa']
  render 'default'

view ->
  for u in @users
    a href: "mailto:#{u}", -> u

With express:

app.register '.coffee', require('coffeekup')
app.set 'view engine', 'coffee'

app.get '/', (req, res) ->
  # Will render views/
  res.render 'index', context: {foo: 'bar'}

With meryl (see also their own take):

meryl.h 'GET /', (req, resp) ->
  people = ['bob', 'alice', 'meryl']
  resp.render 'layout', content: 'index', context: {people: people}
  templateDir: 'templates'
  templateExt: '.coffee'
  templateFunc: coffeekup.adapters.meryl

On the browser:

<script src="coffeekup.js"></script>
<script src="app.js"></script>

# before compiling:
template = -> h1 "Hello #{@world}"
alert CoffeeKup.render template, context: {world: 'mars'}

Note: this is one of many browser deployment possibilities, compiling on the server, thus requiring only coffeekup.js (under 2k minified, gzipped) on the client-side. To see all serving suggestions, check out regular, decaf and crème.


coffeekup FILE [> OUTPUT]

See /examples for complete versions. Please note that even though all examples are given in coffeescript, you can also use their plain javascript counterparts just fine.


Latest version tested with node 0.2.3 and CoffeeScript 0.9.4.

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