But the question is, why? What is so special about Typescript?
But when it comes to creating a large and complicated system, it lags.
That is where Typescript enters into the picture.
One of the most popular questions among developers is "why use typescript?"
Let's dive into the details to find the answer.
Maybe you are well aware of Typescript, but I will still care to explain it to the newbies. Microsoft created an open-source programming language in 2012 and named it Typescript.
You know how unpredictable the world of programming is, right? Anything can happen.
Research by The State of Frontend in 2022 says that 43% of programmers think Typescript will become a primary web development solution.
If you are wondering why Typescript is becoming popular, look at the emerging solutions.
There has been a significant rise in the number of libraries natively written in TypeScript. Surprisingly, most of the newest development tools come equipped with support for TypeScript right out of the box.
The chart above says that Typescript is going to be the best friend of programmers in the foreseeable future.
It means that browsers will become Typescript friendly, but they would still lack type-checking.
When you learned that Typescript is a static typing language, did you wonder why you need a static typing language?
Well, let me explain.
That is where static typing enters into the picture. Typescript's optional strong static typing feature can prevent specific issues during the development stage.
It prevents you from experiencing havoc for the minor mistake that would create bugs.
And you know how bugs are? Whether you are a professional or a newbie, you cannot avoid the bugs in the programming. A simple typo can make you end up not meeting deadlines, or worse, your project can fail.
Typescript codes are self-expressive, which is a blessing for teams working remotely. Why do we say this?
The strict types and other elements make the codes more self-explanatory than ever. The developers' design intent is easily understandable that can fill in the communication gap between teams.
As a developer, it's not uncommon for you to spend your time behind some lightweight code editor, such as IDE (integrated development environment) or VSCode.
Of course, a notepad is an option, but that makes the whole process time-consuming. IDEs are created to make developers' lives easier. Here's why Typescript's IDE stands out:
All the red and blue underlines work as your private assistant; even when they don't, you will still find a compilation that will mark the mistakes.
But the type inference function of Typescript will help you to "figure out" a type the variable type depending on the value assigned or function result.
This is something I've noticed myself. Since I've been using Typescript, I spent less time in the browser console than before.
Apps developed in Typescript are noticeably simpler to debug than those written in other languages because most bugs are discovered in the IDE or during compilation.
It is a frequent practice to build the application's front end even when the backend portion has not yet been completed. The frontend developer then communicates with the developers working on the backend to discuss the format that the API response will take for specific endpoints.
But if the backend code combines Typescript and Node.js, the developers get a shared package between frontend and backend codes of all types.
It reduces the communication or need for documentation because when the backend developer changes something in the API, that will be immediately visible since both the programmers use the same package.
Software projects require several programmers. The advantages mentioned above in this article make maintaining your project hassle-free.
When you have a big team and a complicated project, you will appreciate each functionality of Typescript.
Besides, if there is a replacement of developers, anyone can just hop in and start working since Typescript is a self-explanatory language.
Furthermore, when you choose Typescript for your projects, your developers will be compelled to think in a more data-driven style.
If you are yet to be convinced to use Typescript in 2022, I will name the big players in the industry. All the top frontend libraries, for example, Angular, Vue, and React, have been written in Typescript.
Still, need more reasons to use Typescript?
Since perfection is a myth, this programming language is not perfect either. It has its drawbacks which are not very significant.
But I would put them here so that it becomes a fair argument and you get the liberty to choose, considering both pros and cons.
Switching from dynamic language to static language can be a bit challenging.
But that is only till you get used to it. After a certain point, you will appreciate the additional efforts when the project grows or takes a long break from it.
Not surprising. Nothing in this world is 100%.
Typescript is another language used to achieve better results for people. The libraries and project files can have wrong information (since people, not god, create them).
But the popular libraries or open-source packages rarely contain mistakes; even if it does, there's always GitHub to create new issues. Besides, you can pull requests for any bug you notice and help the library grow.
Indeed some types are faulty, but surprisingly some packages and libraries lack type definitions. Fortunately, a repository like Definitely Typed is a savior to checking whether your package lacks any type definitions.
Let me give you a heads-up; Typescript requires additional effort.
That becomes challenging while building a project from scratch. But considering the other advantages, you will indeed find them worth it.
When we make types explicit, we can better concentrate on how our system is put together and how the various components interact. When dealing with systems on a large scale, it is essential to have the ability to abstract away the remaining parts of the system while keeping the overall context in mind. That is possible thanks to types.
From the above discussion, it is clear that Typescript is efficient for developers.
When you choose Typescript, you make it possible to identify the bugs during the project's development, giving up the risk of any mishaps during production.
Although you might find the additional efforts a nuisance at the beginning, in the end, you would thank the strict rules because they make it easier to anticipate and manage exceptional cases and force your developers to think about them spontaneously from the beginning.
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