TypeScript: Is It Enterprise Grade Ready?

TypeScript promises great things for creating enterprise apps that scale. TypeScript compiles into simple JavaScript which runs on any browser, in Node.js, or in any JavaScript engine that supports ECMAScript 3 (or newer). TypeScript works without discord with the latest commonly used web technologies.

TypeScript Definitions

  • A free and open source programming language developed and maintained by Microsoft. It is a strict superset of JavaScript, and adds optional static typing and class-based object-oriented programming to the language. (Wikipedia)
  • A typed superscript of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. (TypeScriptLang.org)

TypeScript Developer Benefits

TypeScript boasts true productivity benefits for the development experience including:

  • Class and Module Support
  • Static Type-checking
  • ES6 Feature Support
  • Clear Library API Definition
  • Build-in Support for JavaScript Packaging
  • Syntax Similarity to Our Backend Languages (Java, Scala)

TypeScript Business Benefits

TypeScript enables business efficiency, scale and quality through: 

  • An elegant workflow for the development team with fewer bugs due to the fact that it is a compiled rather than an interpreted language. This means errors can be fixed prior to runtime, resulting in time and investment savings.
  • Higher development team morale due to less frustration and toil fixing production code.
  • Capabilities to rapidly modernize web, mobile and desktop development.
  • “Hardened” application development with less required maintenance and higher application reliability.
  • A means by which to scale and evolve your existing enterprise legacy JavaScript libraries without rewrite or patches.

Take Aways

  • Embrace TypeScript as a means of improving your enterprise application development efficiency and quality.
  • Adoption of TypeScript isn’t burdensome on your tech team.
  • Microsoft is making moves in the open source space and its relevance is deepening once again.

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