Definition of TypeScript
A Brief History of TypeScript
In 2009, Anders Hejlsberg a software architect at Microsoft was looking for a new language to work with. TypeScript was introduced in October 2012 and has been open sourced since April 2013. It has steadily increased in popularity as developers adopt it for their development needs. In 2016, TypeScript is officially a recognized OSS project.
Why Use TypeScript?
TypeScript may seem like a language designed for those in the software development field, but it is actually really useful for those that are building websites or using code that are often updated. With typeScript, your web application will remain fast and efficient without having to retrain all of your employees on best coding practices.
One thing that many people think of when they hear TypeScript is code. It is true that typeScript uses strong typing which means that it will give your website clearer and more specific errors when there are problems with coding. This is an excellent benefit because developers can fix issues quickly, saving time and money in future projects. This also saves time for end users since there will be fewer bugs overall on your website or application.
TypeScript Features You Might want to Know
TypeScript is a programming language developed by Microsoft for building large-scale web applications. Some of the TypeScript features that are worth noting are strongly typed variables, optional static typing, and classes.
TypeScript makes it easier to prevent bugs
TypeScript has great Intellisense
TypeScript’s Intellisense is one of the features that sets it apart from other languages. It provides quick completion, where a popup appears to give you an autocomplete selection of pre-populated suggestions. You can also override a function by importing it and defining its type. TypeScript also has great IDE support. Visual Studio Code supports many TypeScript plugins such as snippets, formatters, and completions that show on hover with examples.
TypeScript offers an easy migration
For those unfamiliar with TypeScript, it is a superset of ECMAScript 2015 (a.k.a. ES6) that offers many of the syntactic benefits found in other language such as Python, Ruby, and C#. It has been authored by Microsoft and therefore enjoys broad browser support because of this. The migration is seamless because the type definitions are included in your existing files.
TypeScript adds new features
As a frontend development company, we use TypeScript on all of our projects because it’s really useful for certain scenarios like project structure and for maintaining large applications. There are also a lot of powerful libraries out there that let you create modular code by writing plain JS files instead of class based ones in order to help support adoption of your library. Libraries like React and Angular 2 both allow developers to write ES2015 or ES6 compliant modules. Which can be used seamlessly in any environment.