Why You Should Learn TypeScript

This time on the Eat Sleep Code podcast, we learn why it's important for developers to learn TypeScript.

This time on the Eat Sleep Code podcast, we learn why it's important for developers to learn TypeScript.

On this episode, David Pine (Microsoft MVP) shares his experience with TypeScript. David talks about why TypeScript is a valuable tool for improving your experience with applications that normally are written using JavaScript. We discuss how to compile TypeScript, what are its strengths and how to get started.


David Pine

David Pine is a Technical Evangelist, Microsoft MVP and Google Developer Expert working at Centare in Wisconsin. David loves knowledge sharing with the technical community and speaks internationally at meetups, user groups, and technical conferences. David is passionate about sharing his thoughts through writing as well and actively maintains a blog at davidpine.net. David's posts have been featured on ASP.NET, MSDN Web-Dev, MSDN .NET and Dot Net Curry. David loves contributing to open-source projects and stackoverflow.com as another means of giving back to the community. David sat on the technical board and served as one of the primary organizers of Cream City Code for going on four years. When David isn’t interacting with a keyboard, you can find him spending time with his wife and their three sons, Lyric, Londyn and Lennyx. Follow David on Twitter at @davidpine7.


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Introduction Boolean in JavaScript and TypeScript

Introduction Boolean in JavaScript and TypeScript

Boolean values are supported by both JavaScript and TypeScript and stored as true/false values .This is because, while JavaScript coerces an object to its primitive type, the TypeScript type system does not. TypeScript treats it like an object type.

Boolean in JavaScript

boolean can take the values of true and false. Values from other types can be truthy or falsy, like undefined or null.

let b = true
if(b) console.log('logged')

b = false
if(b) console.log('not logged')

b = undefined
if(b) console.log('not logged')

b = null
if(b) console.log('not logged')

Values other than undefined, null or false considered falsy are "" (empty string), -0 and 0, as well as NaN.

To get the boolean value of any value, you can use the Boolean function:

Boolean(false) // false
Boolean(true) // true
Boolean("false") // true ❗️
Boolean("Hey folks") // true
Boolean({}) // true
Boolean([]) // true
Boolean(123.4) // true
Boolean(Symbol()) // true
Boolean(function() {}) // true
Boolean(undefined) // false
Boolean(null) // false
Boolean(NaN) // false
Boolean(0) // false
Boolean("") // false

Rule of thumb: All empty values evaluate to false. Empty object {} and empty array [] (which is an object itself) do have value as they are containers for other values.

The Boolean function is really good to filter empty values from collections:

const collection = [
  { name: 'Stefan Baumgartner', age: 37 },
  undefined,
  { name: 'D.', age: 36 },
  false
  { name: 'C.', age: 2},
  false
]

collection.filter(Boolean) // handy!

Together with Number – which converts all values into their number counterpart or NaN, this is a really cool way of getting to actual values quickly:

const x = ["1.23", 2137123, "wut", false, "lol", undefined, null]
  .map(Number)
  .filter(Boolean) // [1.23, 2137123] 👍

Boolean exists as a constructor and has the same conversion rules as the Boolean function. However, with new Boolean(...) you create a wrapping object, making value comparisions truthy, but reference comparisions falsy:

const value = Boolean("Stefan") // true
const reference = new Boolean("Stefan") // [Boolean: true]

value == reference // true
value === reference // false

You get to the value via .valueOf():

value === reference.valueOf() // true

I have a REPL for you to check. The use of Boolean as a function is obviously great, but new Boolean has very limited use. If you know a practical use case, please let me know.

Boolean in TypeScript

boolean in TypeScript is a primitive type. Be sure to use the lower case version and don’t refer to
object instances from Boolean

const boolLiteral: boolean = false // 👍
const boolObject: Boolean = false // 👎

It works, but it’s bad practice as we really rarely need new Boolean objects.

You can assign true, false and undefined and null to boolean in TypeScript without strict null checks.

const boolTrue: boolean = true // 👍
const boolFalse: boolean = false // 👍
const boolUndefined: boolean = undefined // 👍
const boolNull: boolean = null // 👍

With that, boolean is the only one we can express fully through union types:

type MyBoolean = true | false | null | undefined // same as boolean

const mybool: MyBoolean = true
const yourbool: boolean = false

When we enable the strictNullChecks compiler flag, the set of values reduces to true and false.

const boolTrue: boolean = true // 👍
const boolFalse: boolean = false // 👍
const boolUndefined: boolean = undefined // 💥
const boolNull: boolean = null // 💥

So our set reduces to two values in total.

type MyStrictBoolean = true | false

We can also get rid of null values with the NonNullable helper type:

type NonNullable<T> = T extends null | undefined
  ? never
  : T;

type MyStrictBoolean = NonNullable<MyBoolean> // true | false

The fact that boolean consists of a limited set of values only used in conditions, allows for interesting conditional types.

Think of an mutation in a datastore through a function. You set a flag in a function that updates e.g. the user id. You have to provide the user ID then:

type CheckUserId<Properties, AddUserId> = 
    AddUserId extends true 
    ? Properties & { userId: string }
    : Properties & { userId?: string }

Depending on the value of our generic AddUserId, we expect the property userId to be set or to be optional.

We can make this type more explicit by extending our generics from the types we expect

- type CheckUserId<Properties, AddUserId> = 
+ type CheckuserId<
+  Properties extends {},
+  AddUserId extends boolean
+ >
     AddUserId extends true 
     ? Properties & { userId: string }
     : Properties & { userId?: string }

In use, it might declare a function like this:

declare function mutate<P, A extends boolean = false>
  (props: CheckUserId<P, A>, addUserId?: A): void

Note that I even set a default value for A to make sure CheckUserId gives the correct info depending on addUserId to be set or not.

The function in action:

mutate({}) // 👍
mutate({ data: 'Hello folks' }) // 👍
mutate({ name: 'Stefan' }, false) // 👍
mutate({ name: 'Stefan' }, true) // 💥 userId is missing
mutate({ name: 'Stefan', userId: 'asdf' }, true) // 👍 userId is here

Handy if your code relies a lot on truthy and falsy values. As always, there’s playground for you.

Originally published at fettblog.eu on 10 September 2019

Understanding void in JavaScript and TypeScript

Understanding void in JavaScript and TypeScript

void exists in both JavaScript as an operator and in TypeScript as a primitive type. And in both worlds void works a little bit different than most people are used to.

If you come from traditional, strongly typed languages you might be familiar with the concept of void: A type telling you that functions and methods return nothing when called.

void in JavaScript

void in JavaScript is an operator which evaluates the expression next to it. No matter which expression is evaluated, void always returns undefined.

let i = void 2; // i === undefined

Why would we need something like this? First, in earlier times, people were able to override undefined and giving it an actual value. void always returned the real undefined.

Second, it’s a nice way to call immediately invoked functions:

void function() {
  console.log('What')
}()

All without polluting the global namespace:

void function aRecursion(i) {
  if(i > 0) {
    console.log(i--)
    aRecursion(i)
  }
}(3)

console.log(typeof aRecursion) // undefined

Since void always returns undefined, and void always evaluates the expression next to it, you have a very terse way of returning from a function without returning a value, but still calling a callback for example:

// returning something else than undefined would crash the app
function middleware(nextCallback) {
  if(conditionApplies()) {
    return void nextCallback();
  }
}

Which brings me to the most important use case of void: It’s a security gate for your app. When your function is always supposed to return undefined, you can make sure that this is always the case.

button.onclick = () => void doSomething();

void in TypeScript

void in TypeScript is a subtype of undefined. Functions in JavaScript always return something. Either it’s a value, or undefined

function iHaveNoReturnValue(i) {
  console.log(i)
} // returns undefined

Since functions without a return value always return undefined, and void always returns undefined in JavaScript, void in TypeScript is a proper type for telling developers that this function returns undefined:

declare function iHaveNoReturnValue(i: number): void

void as type can also be used for parameters and all other declarations. The only value that can be passed is undefined:

declare function iTakeNoParameters(x: void): void

iTakeNoParameters() // 👍
iTakeNoParameters(undefined) // 👍
iTakeNoParameters(void 2) // 👍

So void and undefined are pretty much the same. There’s one little difference though, and this difference is significant: void as a return type can be substituted with different types, to allow for advanced callback patterns:

function doSomething(callback: () => void) {
  let c = callback() // at this position, callback always returns undefined
  //c is also of type undefiend
}

// this function returns a number
function aNumberCallback(): number {
  return 2;
}

// works 👍 type safety is ensured in doSometing
doSomething(aNumberCallback) 

This is desired behaviour and often used in JavaScript applications. Read more on this pattern called substitutability in my other articles.

If you want to make sure to pass functions who only return undefined (as in “nothing”), be sure to adapt your callback method signature:

- function doSomething(callback: () => void) {
+ function doSomething(callback: () => undefined) { /* ... */ }

function aNumberCallback(): number { return 2; }

// 💥 types don't match
doSomething(aNumberCallback)

You’ll propably be good with void most of the time.

Originally published at fettblog.eu on 06 September 2019

JavaScript vs Typescript: What's the Difference?

JavaScript vs Typescript: What's the Difference?

For a Developer, It's very important to decide which language he should use to develop an application with a specific requirement. In this post, you'll see the difference between JavaScript and Typescript, from which you choose the language that's right for you.

Originally published at https://www.guru99.com/
JavaScript vs Typescript: What's the Difference?

In this tutorial, you will learn

  • What is JavaScript?
  • What is Typescript?
  • Why JavaScript?
  • Why Typescript?
  • History of Javascript
  • History of Typescript
  • Features of Javascript
  • Features of Typescript
  • Typescript vs. JavaScript
  • What is better?
What is JavaScript?

JavaScript is a scripting language which helps you create interactive web pages. It followed rules of client-side programming, so it runs in the user's web browser without the need of any resources forms the web server. You can also use Javascript with other technologies like REST APIs, XML, and more.

The idea behind developing this script is to make it a complementary scripting language like Visual Basic was to C++ in Microsoft's language families. However, JavaScript is not designed for large complex applications. It was developed for applications with a few hundred lines of code!

What is Typescript?

Typescript is a modern age Javascript development language. It is a statically compiled language to write clear and simple Javascript code. It can be run on Node js or any browser which supports ECMAScript 3 or newer versions.

Typescript provides optional static typing, classes, and interface. For a large JavaScript project adopting Typescript can bring you more robust software and easily deployable with a regular JavaScript application

Why JavaScript?
  • Open source project with Microsoft's patronage
  • Specially designed tool for small scripts
  • Supports classes, interfaces & modules.
  • Compiled JavaScript runs in any browser
  • Allows cross-compilation
  • You can extend JavaScript for writing large apps
  • Adds support for classes, interfaces, and modules
Why Typescript?
  • TypeScript supports JS libraries & API Documentation
  • It is a superset of Javascript
  • It is optionally typed scripting language
  • TypeScript Code can be converted into plain JavaScript Code
  • Better code structuring and object-oriented programming techniques
  • Allows better development time tool support
  • It can extend the language beyond the standard decorators, async/await
History of Javascript

Netscape Communications Corporation programmer Brendan Eich created Javascript. It was meant to working Netscape navigator. However, after becoming a popular scripting tool, it is had become LiveScript. Later on, it was renamed as JavaScript to reflect Netscape's support of Java within its browser.

Let see an important landmark in the history of Javascript:

  • It was launched in September 1995, and It took just ten days to develop this e scripting language which was initially called Mocha
  • In November 1996, Netscape submitted JavaScript to ECMA (European Computer Manufacturers Association) International
  • ECMAScript 2 was released in 1998
  • ECMAScript 3 was released in 1999
  • In 2005, Eich and Mozilla join ECMA to develop E4X Java script
  • In January 2009, the CommonJS project was launched with the aim of defining a common standard library
  • In June 2011, ECMAScript 5.1 was released
  • In June 2015. ECMAScript 2016 was released
  • The current version is ECMAScript 2017 which was released in June 2017
History of Typescript

Let see important landmarks from the History of Typescript:

  • The typescript was first made public in the year 2012
  • After two years of internal development at Microsoft. TypeScript 0.9, released in 2013
  • Additional support for generics TypeScript 1.0 was released at Build 2014
  • In July 2014, a new TypeScript compiler came which is five times faster then it's previous version
  • In July 2015, support for ES6 modules, namespace keyword, for, of support, decorators
  • In November 2016, an added feature like key and lookup types mapped types, and rest
  • On March 27, 2018, conditional types, the improved key with intersection types supports added in the Typescript.
Features of Javascript
  • It's a cross-platform language
  • It's used for client side and server side
  • It's easy to learn and to start with
  • It's a dynamic language: flexible and powerful
  • You have 'the great freedom' to do whatever you want with any object
  • Strong Testing Workflow
  • Added Dependencies
  • Framework Unsupported
Features of Typescript
  • Maintainability
  • Offered great productivity for developers
  • Code navigation and bug prevention
  • Code 'discoverability' & refactoring
  • Optional Static Type Annotation / Static Typing
  • Additional Features for Functions
  • Supports ES6
  • Supports interfaces, sub-interfaces, classes, and subclasses
  • Scalable HTML5 client-side development
  • Rich IDE available with autocomplete and code navigation features.
  • Class-based object-oriented with the inheritance of private members and interfaces.
JavaScript vs Typescript

What is better?

In the end, we can say that if an experienced developer is working on relatively small coding projects, then JavaScript is ideal. However, if you have knowledge and expertise development team, then Typescript is a most preferred option. 

Summary
  • JavaScript is a scripting language which helps you create interactive web pages
  • Typescript is a modern age Javascript development language
  • Javascript is a specially designed tool for small scripts
  • TypeScript supports JS libraries & API Documentation
  • Javascript first version was published in the year 1995
  • The typescript was first made public in the year 2012
  • It's used for client side and server side
  • Typescript offered great productivity for developers
  • Javascript is a Lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions
  • Typescript is a powerful type system, including generics & JS features
  • For small size project Javascript is an ideal option, but for large size project you can use Typescript 

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