IT Tips & Insights: Take a deep dive into the differences between these two languages, and when to use each, with a Softensity Site Reliability Engineer.
By Mario Leiton, Site Reliability Engineer
Let’s start by looking at what these two languages are, and how each one is applied.
Getting to Know TypeScript
What is out there in the foreseeable future from TypeScript?
Microsoft communicated that this programming language has surpassed their expectations as it has consistently ranked among the most loved languages. We can blame this success to the efforts of the community through the years (ten years and still kicking). Members of the community have been involved in writing tutorials and courses for the language, and they also helped with the issue tracker and Stack Overflow.
Main Differences Between the Two Languages
When should you use each language?
- Open-source project friendly
- Specially designed for small scripts
- Supports classes, interfaces and modules
- Adds support for classes, interfaces, and modules
- TypeScript supports JS libraries & API Documentation
- It is optionally typed scripting language
- Better code structuring and object-oriented programming techniques
- Allows better development time tool support
- It can extend the language beyond the standard decorators, async/await
|Powerful type system, including generics & JS features
|Lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions
|TypeScript uses concepts like types and interfaces to describe data being used.
|With Typescript, many npm packages either come with static type definitions or have an external one that is easy to install.
|Stiff learning curve — requires prior scripting knowledge.
|Flexible and easy to learn, scripting language
|Typescript has a feature of prototyping.
|Typescript does not have a large community of developers.
|TypeScript code needs to be compiled
|To get the most out of TypeScript features, developers should constantly annotate their code.
|Companies using it
|Asana, Clever, Screen award
|Airbnb, Codecademy, Instagram
Hey! My name is Mario and I’m a software engineer that works with .NET, Java, and Microsoft Azure. I also have experience with AWS, and .NET and Java development. I have worked with NodeJs and would like to further sharpen my frontend skills and master new technologies like React.