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Handlebars.js Tutorial Series
Handlebars.js Tutorial Series

Handlebars.js Tutorial Series

JavaScript has a strong growing community with dozens of libraries to help you accomplish certain goals. Templating is a growing fad in JavaScript. With different templating engines, it can be pretty hard to choose one. Luckily, handlebars.js knocks out all of them out of the park. By using a templating engine, you keep your HTML and JavaScript separate. This makes it easier to manage your code. With this Handlebars.js tutorial series, you’ll learn just how to do that.

Benefits of using Handlebars.js

There are many benefits to using a templating engine like Handlebars.js

  • Ability to update data dynamically whenever changes are made.
  • It’s easier to make your sites interactive and responsive.
  • Code is less cluttered because content and HTML is separate.
  • Very active Community
  • Logic-less – meaning it requires little to no work to create a handlebars.js based template.
  • Front-end frameworks like meteor.js and ember.js use Handlebars.js as their templating engine. So, you’re already ahead of the curve if you plan on learning the most popular front end frameworks.

As you can see, by using Handlebars.js as your templating engine, you’ll have a flexible JavaScript application.

About Handlebars.js

Handlebars.s is a compiler written in JavaScript. So, you can include it into your HTML documents like any other JavaScript library like JQuery. Basically, it compiles and processes any HTML with Handlebar’s expressions you give it and outputs dynamic content. This may seem complex, but handlebars.js takes care of most of the work for you.

Another great feature of Handlebars.js is that you can easily extend it. We’ll learn how to do this in the tutorial series.

Before You Get Started

Since Handlebars.js is written in JavaScript, then it’s important that you know JavasScript beforehand. If you don’t know JavaScript, then you can check out my JavaScript tutorial series on my website. It’s also important you know JSON. I have a JSON tutorial series as well.

Once you feel like you’re ready, then just dive in and you’ll be templating your sites in no time!

Handlebars.js Tutorial List

Here’s the list of tutorials and the order in which you should follow them.

  1. Basic Expressions
  2. Built-in Helpers
  3. Custom Helpers
  4. Paths & More Expressions

If you would like more information handlebars.js then check out the official site for more documentation on their functions. Download the latest updates as well.

http://handlebarsjs.com/

8 comments

  1. Thank you for the wonderful series of tutorial jack.

    It helped a lot.

    Nikhil Agrawal

  2. Hey Jack – just been through your handlebars series – very useful, a good introduction into using handlebars, i feel like your tutorials have given me a really good headstart – thank you very much for taking the time to write them..
  3. It wasn’t until I read your tut and found the hidden placeholder div that I figured out what I was doing wrong.
    thanks.

    psm

  4. Hi Jack – This tutorial is awesome for beginners, simply superb feeling happy, I need clear tutorial about node.js and backbone.js……….. could u plz help me???
  5. Hey Jack, just wanted to give a quick thanks for the tutorial. The official Handlebars site isn’t clear at all for the novice. Thanks again!
  6. Hi Jack, this is the BEST handlebars tutorial on the Internet!

    Together with other Javascript tutorials you published, it simply makes your website one of the best learning websites for learning web development.

    A BIG “thank you” for your website.

    —lola

  7. “After long time i look for tutorial of HandleBars, and try to finding free ebook about Handlebars.js, actually i have not found yet. But Thank for thi tutorial about Handlebars, this tutorial give me a ‘shine’ for deep thinking with GHOST (CMS based on Node.js)”

    Very thanks for your tutorial jaskokyn.com

    Abdul, Indonesian

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