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NAME
    Jemplate - JavaScript Templating with Template Toolkit

SYNOPSIS
        var data = Ajax.get('url/data.json');
        var elem = document.getElementById('some-div');
        elem.innerHTML = Jemplate.process('my-template.html', data);

    or:

        var data = Ajax.get('url/data.json');
        var elem = document.getElementById('some-div');
        Jemplate.process('my-template.html', data, elem);

    or simply:

        Jemplate.process('my-template.html', 'url/data.json', '#some-div');

    or, with jQuery.js:

        jQuery.getJSON("url/data.json", function(data) {
            Jemplate.process('my-template.html', data, '#some-div');
        });

    From the commandline:

        jemplate --runtime --compile path/to/jemplate/directory/ > jemplate.js

DESCRIPTION
    Jemplate is a templating framework for JavaScript that is built over
    Perl's Template Toolkit (TT2).

    Jemplate parses TT2 templates using the TT2 Perl framework, but with a
    twist. Instead of compiling the templates into Perl code, it compiles
    them into JavaScript.

    Jemplate then provides a JavaScript runtime module for processing the
    template code. Presto, we have full featured JavaScript templating
    language!

    Combined with JSON and xmlHttpRequest, Jemplate provides a really simple
    and powerful way to do Ajax stuff.

HOWTO
    Jemplate comes with a command line tool call "jemplate" that you use to
    precompile your templates into a JavaScript file. For example if you
    have a template directory called "templates" that contains:

        > ls templates/
        body.html
        footer.html
        header.html

    You might run this command:

        > jemplate --compile template/* > js/jemplates.js

    This will compile all the templates into one JavaScript file.

    You also need to generate the Jemplate runtime.

        > jemplate --runtime > js/Jemplate.js

    Now all you need to do is include these two files in your HTML:

        <script src="js/Jemplate.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
        <script src="js/jemplates.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

    Now you have Jemplate support for these templates in your HTML document.

PUBLIC API
    The Jemplate.js JavaScript runtime module has the following API method:

    Jemplate.process(template-name, data, target);
        The "template-name" is a string like 'body.html' that is the name of
        the top level template that you wish to process.

        The optional "data" specififies the data object to be used by the
        templates. It can be an object, a function or a url. If it is an
        object, it is used directly. If it is a function, the function is
        called and the returned object is used. If it is a url, an
        asynchronous <Ajax.get> is performed. The result is expected to be a
        JSON string, which gets turned into an object.

        The optional "target" can be an HTMLElement reference, a function or
        a string beginning with a "#" char. If the target is omitted, the
        template result is returned. If it is a function, the function is
        called with the result. If it is a string, the string is used as an
        id to find an HTMLElement.

        If an HTMLElement is used (by id or directly) then the innerHTML
        property is set to the template processing result.

    The Jemplate.pm Perl module has the following public class methods,
    although you won't likely need to use them directly. Normally, you just
    use the "jemplate" command line tool.

    Jemplate->compile_template_files(@template_file_paths);
        Take a list of template file paths and compile them into a module of
        functions. Returns the text of the module.

    Jemplate->compile_template_content($content, $template_name);
        Compile one template whose content is in memory. You must provide a
        unique template name. Returns the JavaScript text result of the
        compilation.

    Jemplate->compile_module($module_path, \@template_file_paths);
        Similar to `compile_template_files`, but prints to result to the
        $module_path. Returns 1 if successful, undef if error.

    Jemplate->compile_module_cached($module_path, \@template_file_paths);
        Similar to `compile_module`, but only compiles if one of the
        templates is newer than the module. Returns 1 if sucessful compile,
        0 if no compile due to cache, undef if error.

AJAX AND JSON METHODS
    Jemplate comes with builtin Ajax and JSON support.

    Ajax.get(url, [callback]);
        Does a GET operation to the url.

        If a callback is provided, the operation is asynchronous, and the
        data is passed to the callback. Otherwise, the operation is
        synchronous and the data is returned.

    Ajax.post(url, data, [callback]);
        Does a POST operation to the url.

        Same callback rules as "get" apply.

    JSON.stringify(object);
        Return the JSON serialization of an object.

    JSON.parse(jsonString);
        Turns a JSON string into an object and returns the object.

CURRENT SUPPORT
    The goal of Jemplate is to support all of the Template Toolkit features
    that can possibly be supported.

    Jemplate now supports almost all the TT directives, including:

      * Plain text
      * [% [GET] variable %]
      * [% CALL variable %]
      * [% [SET] variable = value %]
      * [% DEFAULT variable = value ... %]
      * [% INCLUDE [arguments] %]
      * [% PROCESS [arguments] %]
      * [% BLOCK name %]
      * [% FILTER filter %] text... [% END %]
      * [% JAVASCRIPT %] code... [% END %]
      * [% WRAPPER template [variable = value ...] %]
      * [% IF condition %]
      * [% ELSIF condition %]
      * [% ELSE %]
      * [% SWITCH variable %]
      * [% CASE [{value|DEFAULT}] %]
      * [% FOR x = y %]
      * [% WHILE expression %]
      * [% RETURN %]
      * [% THROW type message %]
      * [% STOP %]
      * [% NEXT %]
      * [% LAST %]
      * [% CLEAR %]
      * [%# this is a comment %]
      * [% MACRO name(param1, param2) BLOCK %] ... [% END %]

    ALL of the string virtual functions are supported.

    ALL of the array virtual functions are supported:

    ALL of the hash virtual functions are supported:

    MANY of the standard filters are implemented.

    The remaining features will be added very soon. See the DESIGN document
    in the distro for a list of all features and their progress.

BROWSER SUPPORT
    Tested successfully in:

        * Firefox Mac/Win32/Linux
        * IE 6.0
        * Safari
        * Opera
        * Konqueror

    All tests run 100% successful in the above browsers.

DEVELOPMENT
    The bleeding edge code is available via Git at
    git://github.com/ingydotnet/jemplate.git

    You can run the runtime tests directly from
    http://svn.jemplate.net/repo/trunk/tests/run/index.html or from the
    corresponding CPAN or JSAN directories.

    Jemplate development is being discussed at
    irc://irc.freenode.net/#jemplate

    If you want a committer bit, just ask ingy on the irc channel.

CREDIT
    This module is only possible because of Andy Wardley's mighty Template
    Toolkit. Thanks Andy. I will gladly give you half of any beers I receive
    for this work. (As long as you are in the same room when I'm drinking
    them ;)

AUTHORS
    Ingy döt Net <ingy@cpan.org>

    (Note: I had to list myself first so that this line would go into
    META.yml)

    Jemplate is truly a community authored project:

    Ingy döt Net <ingy@cpan.org>

    Tatsuhiko Miyagawa <miyagawa@bulknews.net>

    Yann Kerherve <yannk@cpan.org>

    David Davis <xantus@xantus.org>

    Cory Bennett <coryb@corybennett.org>

    Cees Hek <ceeshek@gmail.com>

    Christian Hansen

    David A. Coffey <dacoffey@cogsmith.com>

    Robert Krimen <robertkrimen@gmail.com>

    Nickolay Platonov <nickolay8@gmail.com>

AUTHOR
    Ingy döt Net <ingy@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE
    Copyright (c) 2006-2008, 2011. Ingy döt Net.

    This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
    under the same terms as Perl itself.

    See http://www.perl.com/perl/misc/Artistic.html
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