templify is a small template system written in javascript.

Example use:

Instantiate a template (which returns a function), and render the template by passing it a context

node>var template = require("templify/template").Template;
node>var compiled = template("{{foo}}");
node>compiled({foo: "test me"});
'test me'

Combined compile/render with renderTemplate()

node>var rt = require("templify/templify").renderTemplate;
node>rt("{{foo}}",{foo: "blah"});

An example of using templify to create a media handler can be seen in the Pintura package's html media handler. It looks something like this:

//load a store where we will retrieve our templates
    filesystem = require("perstore/store/filesystem").FileSystem({fsRoot: "templates"}),

//setup a resolver, in this case we're just using the default
resolver = require("templify/templify").Resolver;

// instantiate a template engine
    var templateEngine =  require('templify/templify').TemplateEngine({resolver: resolver, store: filesystem});

//use the template engine to render an object as html

    var template = templateEngine.compile(templateId);
rendered = template(object);

Template Syntax:


Statements are opened and closed with {% and %} by default and are in the form : {%someStatement args%}
  • extend {%extend fooTemplate%} extents one template from another. When using an extension, the base template is used and any blocks provided by the extender override blocks in the base class

  • block {%block someBlock%} - Defines a block, which extends an existing block or can be extended by someone who extends in the future

  • include {%include fooTemplate%} include one template from another. include, as with extend, block, and render use the resolver to transform a referenced template to an actual template string.

  • render - `{%render fooTemplate with someObj%} similar to include, this allows another template to be loaded. However, instead of using the existing context as the root, a root context is provided.

  • foreach - `{%foreach element in object%} {{element.name}}{%/foreach%} Loops over arrays

  • for `{%for element in object%}{{element.name}}{%/for%} loops over objects

  • if `{%if condition%} .... {%/if%} conditional, i'm guessing few people read this doc without being able to guess what this does :)

  • else/elseif `{%if condition%} .... {%/if%}{%elseif condition%} ... {%/elseif%}{%else%} ... {%/else%}

  • cdata `{%cdata} ..... {%/cdata} Escape's content


Printing can be achieved by using ${variable}} or {{variable}}


Scripts can be included by wrappting them in <% %>



Comments are included by wrapping them with {# #}. Currently, this is configured to output comments surrounded by in the final html to ease debugging.