Using Partial in Handlebars and Reusing Code

Open Event Webapp uses handlebar partials for optimizing code. We can reuse a template using Handlebars partial.

How to use Handlebars partial ?

To use Handlebars partial, we have to follow some easy steps:

Step 1: In the .hbs file containing code, register your partial by using function Handlebars.registerPartial 

Handlebars.registerPartial('myPartial', '{{name}}')

Step 2: Calling the partial

{{> myPartial }}

In Open-Event Webapp we have made partials for common templates like navbar and footer.

1. // Navbar template (navbar.hbs)

 <!-- Fixed navbar -->
 <nav class="navbar navbar-default navbar-fixed-top">
  <div class="container">
   <div class="navbar-header navbar-left pull-left">
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="{{ eventurls.main_page_url }}">
    {{#if eventurls.logo_url}}
    <img alt="{{}}" class="logo logo-dark" src="{{  eventurls.logo_url }}">
    {{ }}
 <div class="navbar-header navbar-right pull-right">
   <ul style="margin-left:20px" class="nav navbar-nav pull-left">
   {{#if show}}
    <li class="pull-left"><a href="{{link}}" style="padding-right:0; padding-left:0;margin-left:15px"><i class="fa fa-lg fa-{{icon}}" aria-hidden="true" title="{{{icon}}}"></i></a></li>
 <button type="button" class="navbar-toggle" data-toggle="collapse" data-target=".navbar-collapse" style="margin-left:1em;margin-top:1em;">
   <span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span>
   <span class="icon-bar"></span>
   <span class="icon-bar"></span>
   <span class="icon-bar"></span>

 <div class="hidden-lg hidden-md hidden-sm clearfix"></div>
   <div class="collapse navbar-collapse">
    <ul class="nav navbar-nav navbar-right">
     <li class="navlink"><a id="homelink" href="index.html">Home</a>
     {{#if timeList}}
     <li class="navlink">
     <a id="schedulelink"href="schedule.html">
     {{#if tracks}}
     <li class="navlink">
      <a id="trackslink" href="tracks.html">Tracks</a>
     {{#if roomsinfo}}
     <li class="navlink">
      <a id="roomslink" href="rooms.html">Rooms</a>   
    {{#if speakerslist}}
    <li class="navlink">
      <a id="speakerslink" href="speakers.html">Speakers</a>
//Compiling Template by providing path

2. const navbar = handlebars.compile(fs.readFileSync(__dirname + '/templates/partials/navbar.hbs').toString('utf-8'));
// Register Partial

3. handlebars.registerPartial('navbar', navbar);

Templating with Handlebars and Nodejs

There are many frameworks present today that does DOM manipulation. But, DOM manipulation is useful only with simpler Javascript apps. If we want to deal with huge amount of data, we will need to take the support of templating.

One of the templating libraries is Handlebar.js. Handlebars.js is the lightest and one of the fastest templating libraries I have worked with.

How to work with Handlebars ?

Handlebars can be said as the superset of Mustache templating language. In Open-event-web app, Handlebars is used along with Node.js.

1. To install Handlebars
npm install handlebars
2. To include handlebars
const handlebars = require('handlebars');
const fs         = require('fs-e'xtra);
3. To compile a file ( Extension .tpl or hbs)
const tpl = handlebars.compile(fs.readFileSync(__dirname +   '/templates/schedule.hbs').toString('utf-8'));
fs.writeFileSync(distHelper.distPath + '/' + appFolder + '/tracks.html', tpl(jsonData));

Here jsonData is the JSON Array of objects provided to the template.

An example of a .hbs templating file can be :

 <div class="track-names col-md-2">
 {{# tracks}}
 {{#if title}}
 <ul class="title-inline">
 <li style="background-color:{{{color}}}" class="titlecolor"></li>