The Template Toolkit began its life as the
module, originally released to CPAN around 1996. This itself was the
public manifestation of an earlier template processing system I developed
while working at Peritas (now Knowledge Pool -
Text::MetaText was the prototype - the one we always planned
to throw away. It did the job well, showing us what worked and what
didn't, what was good and what was bad, and gave us some ideas about what
could be done better, given the chance to start again from scratch.
Some time late in 1998 I threw away the prototype and started work on the Template Toolkit. By then I was working at Canon Research Centre Europe Ltd. (CRE), involved in a general research programme related to web publishing and dynamic content generation. The first alpha release was in June 1999, followed by numerous more alpha and beta releases culminating in 1.00 being released on 2nd December 1999.
A month or so later, work had begun on version 2.00. The plan was to get the template language relatively stable in version 1.00 and not worry too much about performance or other internal matters. Then, version 2.00 would follow to improve performance, clean up the architecture and fix anything that, with the benefit of hindsight, we thought could be improved. As it happens, me starting work on version 2.00 coincided with Doug Steinwand sending me his parser variant which compiled templates to Perl code, giving a major performance boost. As well as the speedups, there are a whole host of significant new features in version 2.00, and a greatly improved internal architecture. Apart from a few minor "fixups" the template directives and language have remained the same as in version 1.00
Version 2.00 was available in beta release form in July 2000, just in time for the 4th Perl Conference where version 1.00 was awarded "Best New Perl Module". After another extended beta release period, version 2.00 was released on 1st December 2000.
Version 3 has been in development ever since.
Copyright (C) 1996-2007 Andy Wardley. All Rights Reserved.
The Template Toolkit is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.
Many people have contributed ideas, inspiration, fixes and features to the Template Toolkit. Their efforts continue to be very much appreciated. Please let me know if you think anyone is missing from this list.
Chuck Adams, Stephen Adkins, Ivan Adzhubey, Mark Anderson, Bradley Baetz, Thierry-Michel Barral, Craig Barratt, Stas Bekman, Robin Berjon, Tony Bowden, Neil Bowers, Leon Brocard, Lyle Brooks, Norbert Buchmüller, Dave Cash, Piers Cawley, Darren Chamberlain, Timmy Chan, Eric Cholet, Nik Clayton, Tosh Cooey, Dave Cross, Chris Dean, Francois Desarmenien, Horst Dumcke, Mark Fowler, Michael Fowler, Kenny Gatdula, Axel Gerstmair, Jay Hannah, Dylan William Hardison, Perrin Harkins, Bryce Harrington, Dave Hodgkinson, Lubomir Host, Dave Howorth, Jon Jensen, Harald Joerg, Colin Johnson, Colin Keith, Adam Kennedy, Vivek Khera, Alexey A. Kiritchun, Rafael Kitover, Andreas Koenig, Ivan Kurmanov, Denis F. Latypoff, Hans von Lengerke, Jonas Liljegren, Simon Luff, Andy Maas, Paul Makepeace, Gervase Markham, Sergey Martynoff, Simon Matthews, Robert McArthur, Craig McLane, Myk Melez, Eugene Miretskiy, Tatsuhiko Miyagawa, Bill Moseley, Keith G. Murphy, Chris Nandor, John Napiorkowski, Breno G. de Oliveira, Leslie Michael Orchard, Paul Orrock, Jonathon Padfield, Steve Peters, Briac Pilpré, Yuri Pimenov, Martin Portman, Marc Remy, Slaven Rezic, Jess Robinson, Josh Rosenbaum, Christian Schaffner, Mike Schilli, Randal L. Schwartz, Paul Seamons, Paul Sharpe, Ricardo Signes, Ville Skyttä, Barrie Slaymaker, David Steinbrunner, Doug Steinwand, Michael Stevens, Autrijus Tang, Drew Taylor, Rod Taylor, Swen Thuemmler, Richard Tietjen, Ben Tilly, Stathy G. Touloumis, Jim Vaughan, Simon Wilcox, Chris Winters.