In case you are not familiar with the term, template builders or engines, how they are called sometimes — are a special type of software, which provides developers with half-ready solutions for writing a cleaner code. They are created in order to make life of frontend and backend developers easier. They allow to write code pieces much faster, without extra time-consuming movements. There are many of them for different programming languages, allowing to work with a variety of frameworks, which is convenient due to the fact, that preferences of developers usually tend to vary, while they are making their choice of framework to code with. Template builders have many advantages and are surely worth to be used by programmers nowadays, especially in conjunction with numerous preprocessors, plugins, additional tools and packages. The only disadvantage they have, is the need to learn how to use them before actually applying your knowledge into the code. Maybe exactly this is the reason why there are so many of them: it’s naturally that different types of programmers would like to learn and use various types of engines.
Examples of Template Engines
Pug template engine is created for Node.js. It has short, clean and logical syntax, it’s easy to read and its code templates can be reused in the other languages like Java, Python, Ruby, PHP, etc, which is a huge advantage that is appreciated by full stack developers, who code on several languages. Dedicated team of developers of Mobilunity has experience using this engine as it is very convenient solution when work needs to be done faster for a client.
Nunjucks is available on all modern web browsers as well as in Node.js. Being supported by Mozilla corp., it gets updates regularly, therefore keeps up with the times. Nunjucks template engine was inspired by Jinja2, which is the engine for Python. This is also a reason why developers tend to wonder whether the same templates could be used between Jinja2 and Nunjucks, but there actually is a slight difference in syntax between these templating engines, which doesn’t allow fully integrate Nunjucks code pieces in Jinja.
Templates for Other Languages:
Mustache is a template engine, which is chosen by programmers all over the world, because it is open-source, clean, concise and it’s adapted for a big number of programming languages like C#, Ruby, Python, PHP, Objective-C, Swift, Java, and many others. This engine is as appreciates as it’s argued between developers as well, claiming that it is useless, regarding “logic-less” feature of Mustache as something, that should be eliminated from programming at all. Anyway, there are also many people, who claim that Mustache has much more advantages and can be quite handful sometimes or even capable of replacing traditional way of coding at all. We won’t choose the winner of the battle, because it’s up to anyone what way of coding they choose, especially since there are so many alternatives to Mustache nowadays.
It is a template builder for the most popular PHP framework — Laravel. It is a simple, but quite powerful engine, because it doesn’t force you to acquire additional knowledge. You can write simple PHP code, except with Blade it will be much easier than without it as it provides you with the ability to code in a more automatized manner.
This Python template builder was already mentioned above as the one, which Nunjucks was inspired by. It is one of the most popular and widely used template engines among Python developers. There are many engines for Python, which are embedded in frameworks already and they are good only in case all hustle with code is performed within one library. In case some operations have to be executed with templates in outer-libraries, they won’t be processing in a good way. Here comes the Jinja, the best thing about which is the possibility to use the code, written with its help, multiple times in different frames, because it is an independent open-source project.
Overall, there are many more template builders we have not reviewed today, but the ones we’ve mentioned are definitely worth trying as they are regarded life-savers for many developers around the world.
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