[Analysis] Templates: The good, the bad, the ugly

Jake jake at bugzilla.org
Wed Dec 8 09:57:58 UTC 2004

Christopher Hicks wrote:

> On Tue, 7 Dec 2004, J. Paul Reed wrote:
>> It's like saying "To help us, you have to learn French, because half 
>> of our code is in French, but the other half is in English. Oh but 
>> don't worry... here's a dictionary."
> This is life in web development to some degree.  You've got HTML, some 
> programming language (in our case Perl) and then a choice of 
> templating systems to merge these things together.  What would you 
> rather do, have all of the HTML generated in Perl?  Then you wouldn't 
> get any syntax highlighting for the HTML.  We could invent yet another 
> templating system. I'd love to see BZ migrate to something like 
> Apache::ASP.  TT2 is one of the better templating systems for any 
> language, but the syntax is just fugly.

It's entirely possible that after a round of discussion we would have 
came to right where we are now (eg, using the Template Toolkit). All I 
was suggesting here is that it would have been nice to have had that 
discussion *before* anything went in.

I actually find it kinda funny that out of everything I said, this is 
the only part that got any response...  :)

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