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ErlyDTL implements most but not all of the Django Template Language.

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To compile ErlyDTL, type "make" in this directory.

Template compilation

Four ways:

    erlydtl:compile("/path/to/template.dtl", my_module_name)

    erlydtl:compile("/path/to/template.dtl", my_module_name, Options)

    erlydtl:compile(<<"<html>{{ foo }}</html>">>, my_module_name)

    erlydtl:compile(<<"<html>{{ foo }}</html>">>, my_module_name, Options)

Options is a proplist possibly containing:

    out_dir - Directory to store generated .beam files. If not specified, no
        .beam files will be created.

    doc_root - Included template paths will be relative to this directory;
        defaults to the compiled template's directory.

    custom_tags_dir - Directory of DTL files (no extension) includable as tags.
        E.g. if $custom_tags_dir/foo contains "<b>{{ bar }}</b>", then 
        "{{ foo bar=100 }}" will evaluate to "<b>100</b>". Get it?

    vars - Variables (and their values) to evaluate at compile-time rather than

    reader - {module, function} tuple that takes a path to a template and returns
        a binary with the file contents. Defaults to {file, read_file}. Useful
        for reading templates from a network resource.

    compiler_options - Proplist passed directly to compiler:forms/2 

    force_recompile - Recompile the module even if the source's checksum has not
        changed. Useful for debugging.

Usage (of a compiled template)

    my_compiled_template:render(Variables) -> {ok, IOList} | {error, Err}

        Variables is a proplist, dict, gb_tree, or a parameterized module
        (whose method names correspond to variable names). The variable 
        values can be atoms, strings, binaries, or (nested) variables.

        IOList is the rendered template.

    my_compiled_template:source() -> {FileName, CheckSum}

        Name and checksum of the original template file.

    my_compiled_template:dependencies() -> [{FileName, CheckSum}]

        List of names/checksums of templates included by the original template
        file. Useful for frameworks that recompile a template only when the
        template's dependencies change.


From a Unix shell, run:

    make test

Note that the tests will create some output in examples/rendered_output.