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  • You do an awful lot of hacking. Part of the Jifty philosophy is that we provide (at least) one well integrated way to do everything you need to do. We're big fans of HTML::Mason - it's the templating toolkit that best fits with our model of things - so it's the toolkit that's well integrated into Jifty. We'd love to hear suggestions about how to get TT or other templating engines to support the bits we need.

    I think if you want TT support it will have to come from the Jifty community.

    Why would you use

    • Don't get me wrong. Mason is great. It's fast, it's powerful, it's widely used and therefore widely known. The problem with Mason is that in just about every shop I've worked at, a lot of application logic seems to wind up in the Mason code. This is makes it harder to test and makes components harder to reuse, even if their dislpay properties are generic. Like a subroutine or a method, a template should try to do as little as possible, otherwise you limit your ability to reuse it. Even though Mason do

      • by sigzero (5768) on 2006.08.18 8:55 (#49442) Journal

        Those are good points and something to think about.

        It wouldn't stop me from using Jifty either since it would be yet another framework I could learn using Perl. I tend to be on the "cleaner separation" side of things and I think TT does well in helping that mentality. Plus I think TT lends itself to other things besides web applications so I can use it more (but that may be wrong since I don't know Mason well enough).

        • Mason can be used for non-web stuff, but I've heard people say that it's tricky. I have no direct experience with this.

          Another nice things about TT is that it's trivial to hande templates to designers. They don't have to learn Perl, just a simple template language. Here's another huge plus, and this alone should sway people:

          [% name = customer.full_name %]

          Is "customer" a hash or an object? Who knows? Who cares? If initially you just pass a hashref and later decide you need to upgrade it to an ob

          • I was reading about StringTemplate [] today. It is Java templating system (with C# and Python ports) that enforces the model-view separation and restricts putting code in the template. It takes static input data from the model and a functional template and generates output. The template language does not support assignment, side-effects, or procedural construct. It does allow some smart evaluation with JavaBeans objects or Java collections so it is possible to violate the encapsulation.

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