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Hedgehog - Watch and Compile hogan.js templates

Hedgehog is a node.js utility script that will watch a directory with raw hogan.js template files. It will listen for changes and compile the raw mustache templates into compiled vanilla js files.

The templates will be available in a global T namespace (this is configurable), relative to the filepath of the raw template file. For instance: Let's say we create a template and save it as ./templates/user/profile.mustache:

<h1>{{ name }}</h1>

Now all you need to do is include the compiled templates along with the HoganTemplate (~700 bytes) lib.

<script src="HoganTemplate.js"></script>
<script src="templates/compiled/user/profile.js"></script>
  var html = T['user/profile'].r({name: "Daniel"});
  // html == "<h1>Daniel</h1>" 


npm install hedgehog

to install it in your current working directory, or:

npm install hedgehog -g

to install it globally.


Tested on node 0.6.x


You can run the hedgehog as standalone utility or with your existing node app:

var Hedgehog = require('hedgehog');
var h = new Hedgehog();

Where do I put the raw template files?

By default hedgehog will look in a ./templates directory.

Where are the compiled templates?

By default hedgehog will compile templates into a ./templates/compiled directory


You can configure hedgehog by passing an options object. For example:

  'input_path': 'path/to/raw/templates',


namespace | default: 'window.T'

By default compiled templates will be accessible through the window.T object in the browser, you can set this to whatever you prefer.

input_path | default: './templates'

A path relative from where the script is called, that points to your raw .mustache templates.

output_path | default: './templates/compiled'

A path relative from where the script is called, that specifies where the the vanilla .js files should be compiled into.

extension | default: '.mustache'

Hogan.js compiles mustache templates, but you can use another file extension if you like.

In production mode

For a Rails project, I'd typically use Jammit to concatenate and minify the template files on deployment.

For a Express.js project I've tried connect-assets with great success. It's an asset pipeline for node.js/connect.js inspired by Rails 3.1