So what is the motivation behind TypeScript? What problems are going to be tackled and what improvements do we get with TypeScript?
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So as we see, the basic idea is a very good one. Having said that, I can't say anything about the language itself because I have no experience with it. But I've used Smart (linked to above) and found it to be an incredibly powerful and useful tool for web development.
There are a few good reasons to use TypeScript, as far as I can see. First and foremost, as Mason Wheeler said, a compiler. Or rather all the checking a compiler does. JSLint and other tools are useful, but misses some problems and are sometimes plain wrong. I certainly welcome this "innovation".
Then there is a real type system, improving readability and enforce correct types. After all, this increases development speed.
I will definitely give it a try!
One last things, there is no competition between HTML5 and TypeScript. But that's another story.
This is simply NOT true. Html5 does not own them, it introduces new markups that simplify usage of multimedia, and explores advantages of new era browsers (like using hardware acceleration while rendering html).
Motivations might be driven by reasons to use it. All features of TypeScript like : static checking, symbol-based navigation, statement completion, and code refactoring are very strong reasons to consider it.
This approach is not new. Go to the "Static Typing" section of
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