1. Type Safety: TypeScript provides type safety by allowing developers to define types for variables, functions, and properties. This helps catch errors early on in the development process and makes debugging easier.
2. Improved Code Quality: By using TypeScript’s type system and other features such as classes and interfaces, developers can write cleaner code that is easier to read and maintain.
3. Easier Refactoring: With its static typing system, TypeScript makes it easier for developers to refactor their code without breaking existing functionality or introducing new bugs into the application.
4. Better Tooling Support: Many popular IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) such as Visual Studio Code provide built-in support for TypeScript which makes it easier for developers to write high-quality code quickly without having to manually configure their environment or install additional tools or libraries.
TypeScript is included as a first-class programming language in Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 and later, beside C# and other Microsoft languages. An official extension allows Visual Studio 2012 to support TypeScript as well. In 2015, Microsoft announced that they had moved from their own Chakra engine (used in Internet Explorer) into Google’s V8 engine (used in Chrome) for their Edge browser’s implementation of ECMAScript 6+ features.
How to use TypeScript
1. Install TypeScript: To get started with TypeScript, you need to install it on your machine. You can do this by using npm (Node Package Manager) or by downloading the TypeScript compiler from the official website.
2. Create a TypeScript File: After installing TypeScript, create a new file with the extension .ts and start writing your code in it.
How to set up
2. Install TypeScript: Once you have Node.js and npm installed, you can install TypeScript using the following command: `npm install -g typescript`.
3. Create a tsconfig file: A tsconfig file is used to configure the compiler options for your project. You can create one by running the command `tsc –init` in your project directory or by creating a file called tsconfig.json with the following contents:
“target”: “es5”, // Specify ECMAScript target version
“module”: “commonjs”, // Specify module code generation
“sourceMap”: true, // Generates corresponding .map file
“outDir”: “./dist” // Redirect output structure to the directory } } “`
How to uninstall
1. Uninstall TypeScript using the command line:
a. Open a command prompt window and navigate to the folder where you installed TypeScript.
b. Run the following command: npm uninstall -g typescript
c. Confirm that you want to uninstall TypeScript by pressing Y when prompted.
d. Wait for the process to complete and then close the command prompt window.
2. Uninstall TypeScript using Windows Control Panel:
a. Open Windows Control Panel and select Programs > Programs and Features (or Add/Remove Programs).
b. Select TypeScript from the list of programs, then click Uninstall/Change at the top of the window to begin uninstalling it from your system.
c. Follow any on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation process, then close Windows Control Panel when finished
What is it for
1. Strong Typing: TypeScript offers strong typing, which allows developers to catch errors early on in the development process. This helps to reduce the amount of time spent debugging and testing code.
2. Object-Oriented Programming: TypeScript supports object-oriented programming concepts such as classes, interfaces, inheritance, and modules. This makes it easier for developers to structure their code in a logical way and create reusable components.
4. IDE Support: Many popular IDEs such as Visual Studio Code and WebStorm have built-in support for TypeScript which makes development faster and easier by providing auto-completion, refactoring tools, and other features that make coding more efficient.
5. Open Source: TypeScript is an open source language which means anyone can contribute to its development or use it for free in their projects without worrying about licensing costs or restrictions
1. Use TypeScript’s type annotations to ensure your code is type-safe.
2. Take advantage of TypeScript’s static analysis capabilities to identify potential errors before they become problems.
3. Utilize the latest features of TypeScript such as async/await, decorators, and generics to write more powerful and maintainable code.
5. Take advantage of the language service support in IDEs like Visual Studio Code or WebStorm for enhanced development experience with IntelliSense, refactoring tools, etc..
6. Make use of type definition files from DefinitelyTyped or npm packages to get access to types for popular libraries like jQuery or React without having to write them yourself.
7. Make sure you understand how type inference works in order to make best use of it when writing your codebase with minimal annotations required by hand
8. Use the strict compiler options available in TypeScript (e.g., noImplicitAny) in order to get more detailed feedback on potential errors early on during development
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