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Mastering TypeScript 3 - Third Edition

By : Nathan Rozentals
Book Image

Mastering TypeScript 3 - Third Edition

By: Nathan Rozentals

Overview of this book

TypeScript is both a language and a set of tools to generate JavaScript. It was designed by Anders Hejlsberg at Microsoft to help developers write enterprise-scale JavaScript. Starting with an introduction to the TypeScript language, before moving on to basic concepts, each section builds on previous knowledge in an incremental and easy-to-understand way. Advanced and powerful language features are all covered, including asynchronous programming techniques, decorators, and generics. This book explores many modern JavaScript and TypeScript frameworks side by side in order for the reader to learn their respective strengths and weaknesses. It will also thoroughly explore unit and integration testing for each framework. Best-of-breed applications utilize well-known design patterns in order to be scalable, maintainable, and testable. This book explores some of these object-oriented techniques and patterns, and shows real-world implementations. By the end of the book, you will have built a comprehensive, end-to-end web application to show how TypeScript language features, design patterns, and industry best practices can be brought together in a real-world scenario.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
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TypeScript Tools and Framework Options

Using Backbone

We will start our exploration of TypeScript frameworks by building the sample application in Backbone. While it can be argued that Backbone is not a TypeScript framework per se, we have already seen how it can be used naturally with the TypeScript language syntax. Backbone is also one of the oldest frameworks around, and it is small, light, and extremely fast.

Backbone, however, requires writing a little more code than most frameworks, as it is really the bare-bones of an MVC framework. When working with Backbone, you will need to call rendering functions yourself, and also attach rendered HTML to the DOM tree manually.

To make Backbone development a little easier, the Marionette framework was developed on top of the Backbone framework, in order to simplify and remove a lot of this repetitive code. In fact, there are a number of frameworks that use Backbone as the...