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Learning TypeScript 2.x - Second Edition

By : Remo H. Jansen
Book Image

Learning TypeScript 2.x - Second Edition

By: Remo H. Jansen

Overview of this book

TypeScript is an open source and cross-platform statically typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript and runs in any browser or host. This book is a step-by-step guide that will take you through the use and benefits of TypeScript with the help of practical examples. You will start off by understanding the basics as well as the new features of TypeScript 2.x. Then, you will learn how to work with functions and asynchronous programming APIs. You will continue by learning how to resolve runtime issues and how to implement TypeScript applications using the Object-oriented programming (OOP) and functional programming (FP) paradigms. Later, you will automate your development workflow with the help of tools such as Webpack. Towards the end of this book, you will delve into some real-world scenarios by implementing some full-stack TypeScript applications with Node.js, React and Angular as well as how to optimize and test them. Finally, you will be introduced to the internal APIs of the TypeScript compiler, and you will learn how to create custom code analysis tools.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)

External modules

TypeScript also has the concept of an external module. JavaScript versions before ECMAScript 6 (ES6) don't include native support for external modules. Developers were forced to develop custom module loaders, and the open source community tried to come up with improved solutions over the years. As a result, today, there are several types of module loaders, and each one of them supports at least one module definition syntax.

In general, we can assume that when someone talks about a module, without explicitly specifying whether they are talking about an internal or external module, they are referring to an external module.

Module loaders and module definition syntaxes

The main difference between using modules...