A backbone view that uses handlebars templates and some rails helpers to render all the templates onto the page
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This gem is extracted out of a backbone project where we are using handlebars templates. It contains:

  • handlebars.js
  • A HandlebarsView superclass
  • a rails helper module for rendering all your handlebars templates into your rails view


This gem is designed to integrate with the asset pipeline of rails 3.1+. Somewhere in your coffeescript or javascript code you'll need to require it:

#= require handlebars_view

This will bring in handlebars and the view superclass. To use it, write a view like so:

class FooView extends HandlebarsView

  name: "foo_view"

This will cause the view to look for a template in an element with id "foo_view_template" and use handlebars to render this view, passing in the attributes of this view's model as the template context. You can change this by overriding the templateContext function in your view.


We've found it best practice to keep our handlebars templates in separate files so our rails views don't get all noisy. This all let's use the same HandleBars view on more than one rails view and in our jasmine specs. This gem also includes a rails helper module RenderTemplatesHelper. Best to just look at the code to see what it does for now, it's super simple.