[Chicago-talk] I want to evangelize

JT Smith jt at plainblack.com
Mon Mar 28 11:35:50 PST 2005

> Of course, Template::Toolkit is also big, bloated, and complicated.
> Plus it introduces the need to learn a whole new language (albeit a
> simple one) in order to develop your templates, as opposed to Mason
> which just lets you write 'em in Perl. That's a concern depending upon
> your audience.

My favorite templating language in perl is HTML::Template, but Template Toolkit is more 
powerful. Yes it's big and complicated, but I disagree that it's bloated. It uses less 
memory and is nearly twice as fast as Mason. Also, the whole point of a templating 
language (at least from my point of view) is to eliminate the backend programming 
language as something that the templaters need to know. With TT you can make your tags 
as simple as HTML and only tell your templaters about a few of them. That way they 
really only need to know HTML plus a few extra tags. That's also the advantage of 

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