• David HemphillDavid Hemphill, over 7 years ago

    Another approach to this would be to use PJAX (https://github.com/defunkt/jquery-pjax). I'd be interested in a side-by-side comparison of the two. Being that it's just jQuery and the PJAX plugin, I'd reckon it'd be a bit faster than loading all of Ember. :-)

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  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 7 years ago

    Having both server- and client- side rendering is the holy grail for JavaScript frameworks.

    But if it's a static site, there might be easier solutions. It doesn't seem like it would be that hard to come up with a Node SSG that parses JSON files for its content and can also run in the browser, without having all the overhead of something like Ember, React,or Meteor?

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    • Adrian SchaedleAdrian Schaedle, over 7 years ago

      A big consideration is "how much are you duplicating?"

      There's a big divide between template-oriented tools and component-oriented tools.

      Template-based tools are usually page focused — whether this is Rails or Jekyll or whatever — there's usually a view representing the current page, calls into partials or template helpers for items on that page, and some series of nested layouts that that page is rendered inside of.

      Component-based tools focus on the composition of UI elements. Angular element directives, React components, Ember components — apps are build out of more-specific components consuming more general components atomically, until you have a page.

      Traditionally the argument has been "well how much interactivity do you need?", but I think the question needs to start being "how much are your styles something you're duck-typing to from a hodgepodge of server side templating and client-side UI frameworks?"

      The answer is always "it depends", but there's a lot of appeal to the self-contained component thing as a building block for web publishing, whether it's a static site or a rich app. React is especially suited to this, as a tree of React components can be rendered either to a live DOM, or as a big string.

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  • Ryan GloverRyan Glover, over 7 years ago

    Good read. Kelly, could you share a repo/snippet of how you have all of this working? Would be really curious to see what it takes under the hood. The benefits sound great.

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    • Kelly SuttonKelly Sutton, over 7 years ago

      Hi Ryan,

      It doesn't take much more than just getting started with a vanilla Ember app, really. Everything else you get for free.

      For getting started with Ember, just install ember-cli:

      npm install -g ember-cli ember new my-static-site

      More info here: http://emberjs.com/

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