Type Assertion in Typescript
· ☕ 2 min read
Typescript’s type assertion features help us to override type inference and indicate a specific type to a variable. Type assertion may not be the most common of the features you employ, but it is invaluable when you are migrating from Javascript. Or, when you have to interact with Javascript libraries or data from external systems in your Typescript code.

Initialize empty object and add props
· ☕ 1 min read
There are situations when you need to initialize object without props. How do you manage that it Typescript? Let’s consider the example below. First, we declare the object and initialize it to an empty object. 1 const planet = {}; Then, we add the props - 1 planet.

Readonly Properties in Typescript
· ☕ 2 min read
Typescript provides a way to indicate props in an object / type, or an entire type, as read only. Props in an object Consider this example - 1 2 3 4 class Fruit { readonly name = "apple"; color = "red"; } In the code block we have specified the prop name as read-only.

Typeguards in Typescript
· ☕ 3 min read
Typeguards enable us to process function arguments based on their types. Consider this example - 1 2 3 4 5 function join(a: string): string { return a; } console.log(join("hello")); // hello What if we want to use join for strings or numbers? We can do a union type like so -

Mix and match types in a Typescript function
· ☕ 2 min read
Typescript provides a convenient way to accept different types of arguments for a function, or to combine multiple types into one super type. Consider this example - 1 2 3 4 5 function printThis(a: string) { return typeof a; } console.log(printThis("hello")); // string This function is fine if we want to return the input string for some strange reason.

Function overloading for optional arguments in Typescript
· ☕ 2 min read
Overload functions to change signatures and provide optional arguments in Typescript. We have previously seen an option to provide optional arguments to a function in Typescript. But, there is more to that to function overloads. Building on our previous example - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 function getSum(i: number, j?

Duck typing in Typescript
· ☕ 3 min read
Let us discuss everyone’s favourite topic since Typescript was invented - ‘duck typing’. Duck typing is type safety checks for complex types. It gets its name following the adage - If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. Typescript modifies it slightly to -

Allow more or less no. of arguments in Typescript functions
· ☕ 2 min read
Allow additional arguments or optional arguments for function calls in Typescript. Consider the below example of a function that adds two numbers. 1 2 3 4 5 6 function getSum(i: number, j: number): number { return i + j; } console.log(getSum(1, 2)); // 3 This works fine and as expected, but what happens when there is a discrepancy in number of arguments.

Public and Private Variables in Typescript
· ☕ 2 min read
Are public and private variables really public or private? Consider the below example - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 class MathOp { public x: number; private y: number; } const op = new MathOp(); op.x; // no problem If you try to access the private variable.

The Different Types of Typescript
· ☕ 4 min read
With ‘type’ in its name, Typescript lives up to its reputation of being a typed language. But, what exactly are the supported types? At a high-level we can classify types as built-in (basic & special ) and additional types including user-defined types. Built-in Types (Basic) Similar to Javascript implicit types, we have number, string, boolean to form the three core built-in types.

Classes, Objects, Props and Interfaces in Typescript
· ☕ 2 min read
Get started with object oriented programming in Typescript. Typescript behaves like a language with built-in support for OOP concepts, and does not carry the quirks of Javascript in that respect. Classes and Objects Define classes and objects like how you define in any of the popular OOP languages. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 class Fruit { public name: string; private grownIn: Array<string>; constructor(name: string, grownIn: Array<string>) { this.

What is Typescript and why should I care?
· ☕ 4 min read
I had been fascinated by Typescript and have been going back and forth on making it my primary programming language. In a few posts and with as much less information as possible, let’s see why anyone should bother with Typescript. What is Typescript? Typescript is a typed Javascript. No, I am kidding - it is more than that.