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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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1
TypeScript Tools and Framework Options

Preface

The TypeScript language and compiler has been a huge success story since its release in late 2012. It quickly carved out a solid footprint in the JavaScript development community, and continues to go from strength to strength. Many large-scale JavaScript projects, including projects by Adobe, Mozilla, and Asana, have made the decision to switch their code base from JavaScript to TypeScript. In 2014, the Microsoft and Google teams announced that Angular 2.0 would be developed using TypeScript, thereby merging Google's AtScript language and Microsoft’s TypeScript languages into one.

This large-scale industry adoption of TypeScript shows the value of the language, the flexibility of the compiler, and the productivity gains that can be realized with its rich development toolset. On top of this industry support, the ECMAScript 6 and ECMAScript 7 standards are getting closer and closer to publication, and TypeScript provides a way to use features of these standards in our applications today.

Writing TypeScript applications has been made even more appealing with the large collection of declaration files that have been built by the TypeScript community. These declaration files seamlessly integrate a large range of existing JavaScript frameworks into the TypeScript development environment, bringing with it increased productivity, early error detection, and advanced IntelliSense features.

The JavaScript language is not confined to web browsers, however. We can now write server-side JavaScript, drive mobile phone applications using JavaScript, and even control micro devices designed for the Internet of Things with JavaScript. All of these JavaScript targets are therefore accessible to a developer writing TypeScript, because TypeScript generates JavaScript.