Update Handlebars command-line Example to use yhandlebars #229

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Using the handlebars.js command-line application to precompile templates in a build process brings some trouble to your use function.

I customized the handlebars.js command-line application to use YUI Handlebars to precompile templates and render them to a YUI module which requires handlebars-base. This cleans up the use function nicely.

To fit with Loader it creates a raw .js, a debug -debug.js and a minificated -min.js version when outputted to a file.

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ericf commented Aug 24, 2012

@clickholddrag Cool!

Thinking ahead here… @davglass is currently working on a better build system for YUI, Shifter, I'm wondering if it makes sense to add what is essentially yhandlebars as a task to Shifter. What do you think?

@ericf Great idea!

I also thought about implementing it as a task to ybuild and have it precompile templates on a module basis. I think it could be useful to place templates of a View in the modules folder and have it processed during build, like it is with assets or lang folders.

I will definetly look into Shifter and see if it can replace YUI Builder for me now. Do you already use it in production?

Apart from that i think that a standalone solution like yhandlebars can be useful to people in the meantime.

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davglass commented Aug 24, 2012

Before we change our docs to use your tool, can you please add a
License file so that our users know the license before being required
to install it?

Thanks

@davglass Sure!

I added an MIT-License to the package.

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ericf commented Aug 24, 2012

I would still prefer that we don't remove the old docs which mention using the handlebars CLI, but instead modify them to include yhandlebars as another option.

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evocateur commented Aug 29, 2012

We're using a very similar module I wrote called mustache-wax to do the same thing at Zillow. I am a little leery of advocating usage of a module (such as yhandlebars) without a single unit test.

I'm very interested in Shifter, though. I could see moving this functionality into a gear-lib and employing it via Shifter. (or @rgrove's newest proposal davglass/shifter#11 :D)

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ericf commented Oct 11, 2012

@clickholddrag I'm waiting for a response to my comment above.

@ericf Sorry for the long time off. In the meantime I installed shifter and used it heavily. I definetly think it is the perfect place for template precompilation. By now I precompile my templates with yhandlebars via an exec task in shifter. However, this feels kind of like a hack to me. As soon as I have some time left I will think about a contribution to shifter regarding this topic. I see that this is on peoples minds already and I like the direction that @rgrove’s proposal in yui/shifter#11 is heading for.

I can also see your point regarding this pull request. Maybe it really would be the best idea to not touch the handlebars example and instead just give a short reference to mustache-wax and yhandlebars until they become obsolete because of shifter’s built in template precompilation?

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ericf commented Oct 18, 2012

Okay, let's move in the direction us using a Shifter task do this work. @clickholddrag or @evocateur feel free to take lead on adding that to Shifter.

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