I’m experimenting with a xhtml templating language and have some
questions about ActionPack, particularly to do with compilable
templates. I’m mostly looking for further information about compilable
The templating language currently works, though it isn’t a compilable
template handler. I’ve yet to benchmark it, but it seems to be running
quite fast (it’s built on nokogiri, which is fast).
I noticed that the erb and haml templating integrations are compilable -
that is, they seem to return a string containing a representation of the
template with ruby statements to be evaluated against the local scope;
this string is stored as a method on
ActionView::Base::CompiledTemplates. The code is in
ActionView::Renderable. At any rate, my approach doesn’t do this at all
- it simply interprets the template, renders it, then passes it back.
This is working very well for the prototype and I’m happy with it. I
wanted to ask if anyone had experience in this area, though, and if it
was a mistake to use a templating language which isn’t compilable in the
The templating language is called Renshi, btw, and is loosely based on
Python’s Genshi. It’s not ready for general use yet, but hopefully it
will be presently.