Template Engine, XML-centric and attribute-driven

2.4 2017-02-01 12:49 UTC


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FigDice is a templating engine for PHP. It differs from most of the popular template systems, in the way the presentation data are made available to templates: instead of pushing the data from Controller to View, you build Views that pull the data they need.


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Presentation and Tutorial:


  • Fast, easy and powerful Template Engine
  • XML syntax for your Templates: you gain built-in validation
  • Instructions are extended attributes inside your HTML tags: you can display your templates WYSIWYG in your browser/editor
  • Manipulate your data with the help of a simple and powerful expression parser
  • Built-in i18n, using keys/values from cached XML dictionaries
  • Inclusions, loops, conditions, with a non-intrusive syntax inside the document
  • No programming required, for the Template designers
  • Hermetic separation between the application's layers (Presentation / Logics)
  • Inversion of control: the Templates pull the data on-demand. The controllers need not know the templates by heart beforehand


Choose among the 3 methods below, which suits better your needs: Composer, Phar, or Zip file.

1. Composer

Add the figdice dependency to the require section of your composer.json file:

"figdice/figdice": "~2.4"

2. Phar

Download the latest FigDice phar file to the location of your choice. Then, in your source files where you need to use FigDice features, write the line:

require_once 'phar:///path/to/figdice.phar';

The phar file's stub registers an autoload function for the classes in the \figdice namespace. Notice that, if you already have an old-style __autoload function, you must register it with spl_autoload_register before importing the phar.

3. Zip

Download the latest Figdice zip file to the location of your choice and extract the archive. Then, require_once the autoload.php file at the root of the FigDice folder.

Getting Started

Browse the examples!

See Wiki for more details.