Re: Which do I use for web design?

=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Arne_Vajh=F8j?= <>
Thu, 05 Jun 2008 20:56:16 -0400
Roedy Green wrote:

On Wed, 04 Jun 2008 20:49:41 -0400, Arne Vajh?j <>
wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone who said :

JSP is not a template engine.

And JSP is standardized.

It is the official way to translate mangled HTML to Java source
code. . It has the same bailing wire syntax style as all the others.
Why don't you call it a template engine?

Because a template is fundamentally build on the concept that you have:
   - a template with placeholders
   - a list of dynamic replacements
and by replacing the placeholders you get the output.

If you only use <%=xxx%> in JSP then it is a template.

But JSP is more than that. Large <% %> blocks are not
a template. And taglibs are not a template.

It is not completely black and white. Some template engines
has developed features that are very code like as well
(Velocity is pretty advanced).

But they are still fundamentally based on a text replacement
model, where JSP is based on a code generation model.


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