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Instant Handlebars.js

Instant Handlebars.js [Kindle Edition]

Gabriel Manricks
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Handlebars is one of the leading JavaScript templating engines and is quickly gaining widespread adoption by developers, as well as with frameworks like Ember.js and Meteor.

"Instant Handlebars.js" is a complete guide to the Handlebars library filled with internal concepts and practical examples that will help illustrate what’s going on and take you from a complete beginner to a Handlebars expert.

"Instant Handlebars.js" begins with the very basics, requiring no previous knowledge about templating engines. Throughout the course of this book, you get a thorough tour of all the features available in Handlebars.js and you will learn how to organize your websites for both development and production.

In this book, we will cover how to create templates with both placeholders and helpers. We will then go into organizing your projects for rapid -development using Require.js and how to optimize and compile your projects for production. To finish off, you will learn how to annotate your code and leave debug points so that you can easily maintain and troubleshoot your code in the future.

Handlebars is a small library;, it is meant to fill a specific need and it does this well. "Instant Handlebars.js" takes a very methodical approach to cover every aspect of this amazing library with practical examples provided every step of the way.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. This book is a step-by-step guide to installing and creating your own JavaScript templates using Handlebars.js.

Who this book is for

This book is aimed at people who have a general knowledge of JavaScript and HTML. No knowledge of templating engines is required.

About the Author

Gabriel Manricks

Gabriel Manricks is a full stack software & web developer focusing on PHP and both frontend and server-side JavaScript frameworks.

Gabriel works as a staff writer for NetTuts+, where he enjoys learning as well as teaching others, and he also freelances in web consulting, development, and writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor 10 Jan 2014
By Fran
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
With difference the official handlebars site is much better, furthermore in there exist more examples with a better presentation than this book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the book “Instant Handlebars.js” 28 Nov 2013
By PrateekJadhwani - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my review of the book “Instant Handlebars.js” which is written by “Gabriel Manricks” and published by “Packt Publishing”. Before reviewing any book I like to wear my newbie hat, the hat that says that the reader does not know anything besides frontend technologies. But I like to analyze the book from the eyes of an expert as well.

As we are just talking about Handlebars.js, let me tell you that it’s a templating engine and I already knew that it was going to be a small book. So I started reading it and this is what I found.

The first chapter explains templating engine briefly and compares it with Mustache, which is another templating engine, forgetting that user may or may not know what that is (Remember my newbie hat?). I don’t know what Mustache is. So even if I dropped my newbie hat, I still dont know what that is. Secondly, the book explains placeholders with the help of PHP code. Nope, not a good idea. (Disappointed!!!)

Installation.. umm.. easy and I did love the idea of using node.js to provide pre-compiled Handlebar templates for performance which are shown with examples in Chapter 10.

The next few chapters deals with other features of Handlebars. Like how to use and create your own Helpers. Use of Block Helpers. Shows SafeString function. Shows the use of Helpers as fn and inverse functions. (with pretty cool examples). And also explains the concept of Paritals.

The next chapter not only explains how to structure the app but also shows how to use require.js library for loading files. This is what I consider to be one of the best things about this book. Not just thinking of Handlebar.js as a library but also thinking that the reader might be building a product.

So, in all, this book requires some basic knowledge of templates and templating engine. I would like to give it 4 out of 5 because of good examples and the depth of topics covered, but deducting one point because of disappointment with first chapter. Never piss off a reader in the first chapter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good and useful introduction to Handlebars.js 4 Nov 2013
By Si Dunn - Published on
Gabriel Manricks' "Instant Handlebars.js" offers three promises: "Short, fast and focused." And it lives up to those vows. It's just 62 pages long in print format. But it can give you a good start toward mastering the Handlebars web template system.

Manricks introduces Handlebars using five well-structured sections. First, he describes Handlebars and explains what a templating engine is and does. "The purpose of using a templating engine such as Handlebars is to generate some kind of viewable content (usually HTML pages), dynamically," he notes. Then he shows how to download the Handlebars library and create a "Hello {{name}}" template and a simple helper.

Next, his "Top 6 Features you need to know about" section goes to the heart of Handlebars.js and shows how you can organize large projects and pre-compile templates.

The Top 6 Features topics include: (1) Expressions--"the core of templates"; (2) Helpers--"[t]hese are where Handlebars gets its extendibility"; (3) Partials--"the building blocks of the template world" and important for modular design; (4) Structuring a Handlebars app--the pros and cons of various potential structures; (5) Pre-compilation--which can lead to "a more optimized and efficient site"; and (6) Logging and comments--"writing clear and debug-able templates and helpers, so you can easily test and maintain them in the future."

In the book's final section, "People and places you should get to know," Manricks describes some individuals and websites you should follow so you can "stay up to date and dive deeper into the Handlebars community."

Despite its small page count, "Instant Handlebars.js" contains numerous short code examples that show how to put Handlebars.js to work in HTML files.

You need at least some modest experience with JavaScript and HTML to get full benefit from this book. You also will make some basic use of Node.js briefly, to install Handlebars.js.

If you have done any work with Ember.js (a client-side JavaScript web application framework), you already have picked up some Handlebars.js experience. Even here, however, this short, handy guide can help you get a better understanding of how to use Handlebars, with or without Ember.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are building with Meteor or any other framework that uses Handlebars-derived templating systems, you will love this 26 Jun 2014
By Leonid Knyshov - Published on
I rated this book 5 stars because it explains just about everything possible about Handlebars.

True, it's very short but don't let that stop you. Since I read it through Safari Books Online, it might as well have been a blog post.

The chapter entitled "Top 6 features you need to know about" is actually the entire book.

This is good news. You only need to read about 40 pages to understand Handlebars. The author explains it from the very beginning to creating complex helper methods that are equivalent to its built-in helper methods.

This book addresses the needs of two audiences:

* Beginner - you installed a framework and Handlebars (or derivative like Blaze as is in case of Meteor) is how the framework expects you to create your HTML
* Expert - Start building complex helper methods and understand their pitfalls without digging through lots of pages of documentation.

You are expected to know what you are doing with JavaScript. If that does not describe you, read
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick way to learn Handlebars 2 Feb 2014
By Chad - Published on
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A quick read that will get you up and running on Handlebars js fast. Not a lot of content but covers the basic topics you need if you just need to get up and running.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and very fast read 7 Nov 2013
By Teo Choong Ping - Published on
Good for developers who are looking to learn better JS template solution.
Also good for more in-depth information after reading various tutorial online.
The actual Handlebar.js is pretty good too so this short book is more like a introduction to the power of Handlebar.js before you dig into the official doc.
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