Use Handlebars templates precompiled and wrapped in a AMD define block, with the asset pipeline in Rails 3.1+ applications.
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Handlebars Amd Rails

Use Handlebars templates precompiled and wrapped in a AMD define block, with the asset pipeline in Rails 3.1+ applications.

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Installation

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

group :assets do
  gem 'handlebars-amd-rails'
end

Update your bundle:

$ bundle install

Require handlebars.js in your AMD config file

{
    paths: {
        "handlebars": "handlebars-runtime"
    }
}

Usage

Place individual Handlebars template file in their own file with template_name.{hbs, handlebars} extension.

<!-- app/assets/javascripts/templates/shared/header.hbs -->

<header>
  A logo perhaps?
</header> 
<!-- app/assets/javascripts/templates/demo/index.hbs -->

{{>shared/_header}}

<p class="welcome">
  Hello {{name}}! You have {{count}} new messages.
</p>

Which will be compiled and rendered as:

define([
  "handlebars",
  "partial!shared/_header"
], function(Handlebars) {
  var templates = Handlebars.templates || (Handlebars.templates = {});
  return templates['demo/index'] = Handlebars.template(function (Handlebars,depth0,helpers,partials,data) {
    helpers = helpers || Handlebars.helpers; partials = partials || Handlebars.partials; data = data || {};
    var buffer = "";
	//
    return buffer;
  });
});

You can take advantage of the asset pipeline by chaining your template through other processors like haml:

/ app/assets/javascripts/templates/demo/index.hbs.haml

%p.welcome
  Hello {{name}}! You have {{count}} new messages.

Which will be compiled and rendered as:

define([
	"handlebars"
], function(Handlebars) {
    var templates = Handlebars.templates || (Handlebars.templates = {});
    return templates['demo/index'] = Handlebars.template(function (Handlebars,depth0,helpers,partials,data) {
        helpers = helpers || Handlebars.helpers; data = data || {};
        return "<p class='welcome'>Hello {{name}}! You have {{count}} new messages.</p>";
    });
});

You may need to require the haml_assets gem:

group :assets do
  gem 'haml_assets'
end

Using templates:

require([
    'jquery',
    'template!demo/index'
], function ($, template) {
    $('body').html(template({
        name: 'Joe', count: 10
    }))
});

Sample Code

Find a demo application at https://github.com/sleistner/handlebars-amd-rails-example

Config

Handlebars-amd-rails resolves the name of the template out of relative path of each template file. Relative path starts from app/assets/javascripts/templates/ by default.

If you want to change the default root path of template files, add following configuration into application.rb:

# config/application.rb
module YourApp
  class Application < Rails::Application
    config.handlebars.template_root = 'app/assets/your_path_to_templates/'
  end
end

You can pass arbitrary option parameters to the handlebars compiler:

# config/application.rb
module YourApp
  class Application < Rails::Application
    config.handlebars.data = false
  end
end

Credits

I shamelessly borrowed code from the following sources:

Thanks guys!

Contributing

  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request