jsRazor Overview

jsrzzor-logojsRazor is a cutting edge client-side templating plugin that shaves off all complexity that other (DOM-based, MVC, JS compiled template, etc) frameworks have. It delivers simpler, faster, and much more flexible solution allowing every HTML graphics designer to do expert-level page rendering. Learn more …

The idea behind jsRazor is simple: every possible output can be achieved as a random combination of only TWO functions: 1) repeat – to repeat the fragment, and 2) toggle – to show/hide the fragment. We don’t need anything else to get the desired output.

Why jsRazor is good?

  • The most trivial and intuitive approach to template rendering
  • Full separation of HTML template and JavaScript controller code
  • String-based processing only, super fast, no DOM, no JS compilation, no RegEx parsing
  • Absolutely generic output, no limitation at all
  • Tiny and lightweight, about 100 lines of code
  • 5 minutes to learn

Read jsRazor 5-minute tutorial

Quick Demo

Let’s see what jsRazor can do.¬†Assume we have some JSON describing themes and colors:

var data_Themes =
  { name: "Dreaming Theme", colors: ["#2A1910", "#9E7064", "#B0967C", "#E7435E", "#6D4F3F"] },
  { name: "Moth Theme", colors: ["#30382D", "#565539", "#78765F", "#403F2B"] },
  { name: "5 Dark Theme", colors: ["#000000", "#280705", "#2E0500", "#3B0000", "#3C1100"] },
  { name: "Blue Volcano Theme", colors: ["#5077FF", "#8A84FF", "#81C1FF"] }

Assume we want to render the following UI based on this JSON:


First, we create HTML template to process with jsRazor:

<div id="example">
      <div class="name">{name} ({CountColors} colors)</div>
      <div class="wrap">
        <div class="color" style="background-color:{item};">
          <span style="color:white">{item}</span>
          <span style="color:black">{item}</span>
        <div class="rgb">({R},{G},{B})</div>

Second, we create JavaScript controller code:

// get initial template
var tmp = document.getElementById("example").innerHTML; 
// repeat theme objects (pass array of themes to repeat functional)
tmp = $.jsrazor.repeat(tmp, "themes", data_Themes, function (tmp, idx, item)
  // repeat inner color objects (pass array of colors of the current theme item)
  tmp = $.jsrazor.repeat(tmp, "colors", item.colors, function (tmp, idx, item)
    // use toggle to show dark or light color text (to be contrast with background)
    tmp = $.jsrazor.toggle(tmp, "dark", hex2rgb(item).mid <= 128);
    tmp = $.jsrazor.toggle(tmp, "light", hex2rgb(item).mid > 128);
    // output RGB representation of the color as custom value
    tmp = tmp
      .replace("{R}", hex2rgb(item).r)  // red
      .replace("{G}", hex2rgb(item).g)  // green
      .replace("{B}", hex2rgb(item).b); // blue
    // return processed template for current INNER item
    return tmp;
  // color counter is not a part of JSON, so we output it as custom value
  tmp = tmp.replace("{CountColors}", item.colors.length);
  // return processed template for current item
  return tmp;
// put processed output back
document.getElementById("example").innerHTML = tmp;

We’re done!

Two (yes, only 2) tiny JavaScript funcs replace the entire ASP, PHP, JSP, or whatever back-end page!

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