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Client-side HTML templates are important prerequisites for certain types of modern, rich client applications built for browsers; particularly SPAs. To work their magic, frameworks like Backbone, Angular, Ember, and Knockout require that you load templates client-side; completely separate from your traditional server-side views. Out of the box, new Sails apps support the best of both worlds.

Whether or not you use client-side templates in your app and where you put them is, of course, completely up to you. But for the sake of convention, new apps generated with Sails include a templates/ folder for you by default.

How do I use these templates?

By default, your Gruntfile is configured to automatically load and precompile client-side JST templates in your assets/templates folder, then include them in your layout.ejs view automatically (between TEMPLATES and TEMPLATES END).



This exposes your HTML templates as precompiled functions on window.JST for use from your client-side JavaScript.

To customize this behavior to fit your needs, just edit your Gruntfile. For example, here are a few things you could do:

  • Import templates from other directories
  • Use a different template engine (handlebars, jade, dust, etc)
  • Internationalize your client-side templates using a server-side stringfile before they're served.

For more information, check out the conceptual documentation on the default Grunt tasks that make up Sails' asset pipeline.

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