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Dust template compiler for locator.

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This component is a result of the integration between YUI and Locator component from Yahoo! to compile Dust' templates into YUI Modules that could be used on the server thru express and on the client thru YAF.

The beaufy of this is that you will NOT need to download the full dust parser component or the template itself, instead you use YUI Loader to load modules that will provision the dust templates in a form of javascript functions ready to be execute to produce a html fragment.


Install using npm:

$ npm install locator-dust

By installing the module in your express application folder, you should be able to use it thru Locator.


Integration with locator on the server side

Normally, you will plug the locator plugin exposed by locator-dust into the locator instance, and locator will be able to analyze every file in your express app, and it will compile any *.dust into a YUI module that can be used thru express-yui for example. The example below describes how to use the yui plugin with locator:

var Locator = require('locator'),
    LocatorDust = require('locator-dust'),
    loc = new Locator();

// using locator-dust yui plugin

// walking the filesystem for an express app
loc.parseBundle(__dirname, {});

Server side with express and express-yui

You can try a working example here:


Client side with yui

On the client side, any Dust template will be accessible as well thru yui as a regular yui module. Here is an example:

app.yui.use('<name-of-app>-templates-bar', function (Y) {

    var html = Y.Template._cache['<name-of-app>/bar']({
        tagline: 'testing with some data for template bar'


In the example above, the <package-name> is the package name specified in the package.json for the npm package that contains the template, which is usually the express application. bar comes from bar.dust where the filename is used as the name to register the template under Y.Template. By using the yui module name, you will be able to invoke the render action to produce a html fragment.

note: in the near future, Y.Template.render() will be the formal API instead of using the _cache object, which is protected.

Custom template name

If you want to use a different template name, you can write your own parser:

// using locator-dust yui plugin
    nameParser: function (source_path) {
        var libpath = require('path'),
            name = libpath.basename(source_path, libpath.extname(source_path));
        if (source_path.indexOf('partials') > 0) {
            name += '-partial';
        return name;

In the example above, when trying to parse /path/to/foo.dust it will return foo, but when trying to /path/to/partials/bar.dust it will return foo-partial, that will avoid collisions while giving you full control over the name resolution for the compiled templates.


  • Add partials support.
  • Add helpers rehydration.


This software is free to use under the Yahoo! Inc. BSD license. See the LICENSE file for license text and copyright information.


See the CONTRIBUTE file for info.




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