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I made a template for HTMX and rust

#rust #htmx #webdev #actix-web #tera

I made a template for htmx and rust. It uses actix-web as a backend and tera as a templating engine. It also includes a codetour so you can get started quickly.

You can find it on GitHub. If you use it or have tried it, please let me know what you think!

Why htmx?

Most webapps today are built with JavaScript frameworks like React or Vue. These frameworks are great, but they also have some drawbacks:

Htmx is a JavaScript library that allows you to build dynamic webapps without writing any JavaScript. It does this by adding attributes to your HTML elements. These attributes tell htmx what to do when an event occurs. For example, you can tell htmx to send a request to the backend when a button is clicked. The backend then sends a response back to the frontend, which is then inserted into the page.

Why Rust?

Rust is a both high-level and low-level programming language. It is fast, safe, and has a great community and a lot of libraries. Rust makes your server fast, secure and allows you to encode your business logic in a strongly typed language.

Why actix-web?

Actix-web is a web framework for Rust. It runs in parallel and is blazingly fast. It is also quite easy to use and has a good ecosystem of libraries.

Why tera?

Tera is allows you to render Jinja2 templates in Rust. You may be familiar with Jinja2 if you have used Flask or Django (from Python) before.

Why use html templates?

HTML templates allow you to make your dynamic webapp composable and allow the routes for htmx to return just the right html piece instead of the whole page.

You just do this because htmx and rust are so hyped right now!

No, I do this because I think it is a great way to build webapps. It may be more complicated and not as comfortable at the beginning, but it avoids duplication of code and allows you to use rust’s type system to encode your business logic.

What about SEO?

That’s no problem. The pages are rendered on the server and then sent to the client. The client only needs to run htmx’s JavaScript library to make the page interactive.

Can I connect to a database?

For now, I have only included a simple example that uses a HashMap to store counter values. But you can easily connect to a database by using one of the many Rust libraries for databases. If you want, I can also add this to the template. Just let me know in an issue or in the comments.

What about …?

Again, if you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know in an issue or in the comments. I will try to answer them as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments, please sign in with GitHub and comment below. I'd love to hear from you! You may also fix errors or suggest changes in the GitHub repo.


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