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For example, TypeScript uses concepts such as types and interfaces to describe data being used. This allows developers to quickly detect errors and debug applications. Additional features include:
- Optional parameter feature.
- Rest Parameter feature.
- Generics support.
- Modules support.
Benefits of TypeScript
The benefits of TypeScript arise from its additional features and apply mostly to teams of collaborating developers who are working on large coding projects. Here are a few notable benefits:
1. Static Typing
Static typing is a feature that detects bugs as developers write the scripts, and finding and fixing bugs is a pressing need for today's DevOps teams. This allows developers to write more robust code and maintain it, resulting in better, cleaner code.
2. Better for Large Coding Projects
Sometimes to improve a coding project, small, incremental changes need to be made to the code base. These small changes could have significant, unintended consequences, making it necessary to undo the changes. Refactoring with TypeScript tools is easier and faster.
3. Better for Collaboration
When large coding projects have many developers, the opportunity for messy coding and errors increases. Type safety is a feature that detects errors during coding, not when the project is compiled. This creates a more efficient coding and debugging process.
4. Better Productivity
Factors such as clean ECMAScript 6 code, auto-completion, and dynamic typing help boost developers' productivity. Those are features that also help the compilers to create optimized code.
2. There Is a Learning Curve
There still are enough differences between the two to create a learning curve, so some developers stick with the scripting language they know well rather than learn TypeScript.
3. Native Browser Support
4. No Annotations Required
To make the most out of TypeScript features, developers need to constantly annotate their code. This could make the project less efficient.
The Bottom Line: What to Choose and When
TypeScript is becoming a tool for organizations that want to develop large coding projects. The structure of the object-oriented programming language keeps the code clean, consistent, and simple to debug.
If an experienced developer is working solo on relatively small coding projects, it may not seem necessary to work with TypeScript - however, if they want to work with a team using it, knowledge and expertise in the programming language is obviously a must. In fact, many DevOps teams look for candidates with programming skills in a variety of languages.
Additional Resources and Tutorials
The relationship between the popular scripting language and its object-oriented programming language subset are important to note depending on the size of your project and the size of your team. If you need to boost productivity and write cleaner code, learning TypeScript is well worth your time.
Published at DZone with permission of Angela Stringfellow , DZone MVB. See the original article here.
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