TypeScript is Five Years Old Today
Five years ago today (1st October 2012), Microsoft publicly announced the TypeScript programming language. I was overjoyed, as I had been looking at Coffescript and Dart, but TypeScript looked different.
My enthusiasm for the language has grown as it has matured. Being able to see the thought process under-the-hood of the language design has helped me to better understand programming languages in general. You’d be hard-pressed to find a smarter team working on any programming language. On top of this, it has the backing of Microsoft, the seal-of-approval of Google’s Angular team, and the transparency of a true open-source approach.
To celebrate the fifth official birthday, I thought I’d let the cat out of the bag… I am deeply buried in an update to Pro TypeScript that will introduce all of the new language features that have been added since the first edition. I am also adding content to cover usage patterns that hadn’t emerged when I wrote the first book.
The chapter on language features is getting a substantial update, and there is a great deal of new content in this edition.
- Coverage of major changes to modules, namespaces, and module loading
- New guidance on how to use inference to reduce the effort of using the language
- Recommendations on compiler options
- A wide range of feature updates, including intersections, tuples, async/await, and updates on mixins (and lots more!)
The re-write is still a substantial work in progress, so I don’t have a release date yet. I will update everyone as soon as I know when the book will be available.