TypeScript in 50 Lessons (Print + eBook)

TypeScript in 50 Lessons (Print + eBook)

€34,90 €39,00

You might have heard about TypeScript, but you might not know why it’s useful, and how to make it work for you. This book is supposed to fix just that. It provides JavaScript developers with a simple, structured and pragmatic guidance towards TypeScript, and explains how to make sense of it all, step-by-step.

In TypeScript in 50 Lessons, Stefan Baumgartner breaks down the quirks of TypeScript into short, manageable lessons. You’ll make sense of TypeScript concepts, tooling for TypeScript and how to get most out of it without learning a new language.

Written for seasoned and not-so-seasoned developers who know enough JavaScript to be dangerous, or want to dive deeper into TypeScript. With code walkthroughs, hands-on examples and common gotchas, that’s a book you might want to keep close.

You’ll learn:

  • TypeScript concepts, and how to make sense of them all.
  • TypeScript tooling, needed to use the language effectively.
  • How to get most out of TypeScript without learning a new language.
  • Structural type systems, their semantics, and why they matter.
  • Low-maintenance types and how to write types once, and let them grow automatically as code evolves.
  • How to bend the type system to make it fit the needs of your projects.
  • TypeScript culture and how the language is evolving.

452 pages. High quality hardcover + eBook (PDF, ePUB, Kindle). Written by Stefan Baumgartner. Designed by Rob Draper. eBook is already available. The printed copies ship worldwide in November 2020.

About the Book

Every other day, one of your team members makes a case for switching from “chaotic” JavaScript to “sane” TypeScript. Maybe you rely on not-very-well-understood JavaScript libraries, or you have a large number of contributors, or the code base is difficult to maintain. The reasons are always similar, but so is the hesitance from the team. Why change the stack that seems to be working just fine?

That’s the question we’ve asked ourselves as well. So we’ve teamed up with Stefan Baumgartner, a seasoned JavaScript developer drawn to TypeScript for years, to break it all down into understandable pieces. The result is TypeScript in 50 Lessons — our shiny new book, with everything TypeScript explained, from start to finish.

First, the book gently explores TypeScript, from basic ideas to common techniques and advanced strategies. Then, right around the midpoint, we’ll take the leap into structural type systems and why they are so useful for your work. Then we’ll dive into working with types, typing functions, union and intersection types, generics, conditional types and wrap up with thinking in types. Download a free sample PDF (2.3 MB).

Who is this book for?

It’s for developers who know enough JavaScript to be dangerous. If you are spending an increasing amount of time programming and want to be more productive, that’s the book you. With TypeScript, you can get more out of your JavaScript code – for yourself and your colleagues.

The book is also for developers who dipped their toes into TypeScript and now want to get their feet wet. If you want to learn about type systems and how they can be used to define complex JavaScript scenarios, this book will help you, too. This knowledge will ultimately become language-independent, preparing you for different programming languages that have elaborate type systems.

If you ever find yourself:

  • writing JavaScript with libraries and frameworks you barely know
  • writing JavaScript with other developers
  • writing JavaScript that deals with back-end data
  • writing JavaScript that your future self has to continue working on

...then TypeScript will do right by you.

eBook already available. The printed copies will be shipped in November 2020. Written by Stefan Baumgartner.

Table of Contents

  1. TypeScript for Smashing People
    In this chapter, we want to debunk myths. TypeScript can be so many things, and many people have different views on this programming language that has become so popular in recent years. What is TypeScript actually about? Let’s see what TypeScript has in store for us.
  2. Working with Types
    Now that we are acquainted with TypeScript and feel more comfortable using it, it’s time to dig a bit deeper into the eponymous types.
  3. Functions
    We’ll take a good look at functions. Functions are essential in JavaScript, and there are lots of different typing scenarios available to us. To make functions tangible, we’ll look at a website’s search field: a search field with type-ahead, that shows some results the moment a user types a search query.
  4. Union and Intersection Types
    Starting with this chapter, we’ll go deep into TypeScript’s type system. We will learn about the set theory behind TypeScript, and how thinking in unions and intersections will help us get even more comprehensible and clearer type support.
  5. Generics
    Generics offer us a way to prepare for the unknown. They let us define types that describe a certain piece of the type system where the details are filled out later. This is the land where utility functions and utility types are born.
  6. Conditional Types
    With conditional types, we get the last tool in our tool belt to make most sense out of JavaScript code. Conditional types allow us to validate an input type’s set, and decide on an output type. To be sure, some conditional types can be mind-blowingly hard to understand, and their potential is sometimes hard to grasp. But this is what we want to clear up!
  7. Thinking in Types
    In the final chapter, we’ll work to strengthen our knowledge by seeing solutions to problems you might encounter every day in your TypeScript life. Our goal is to write just a couple of types to make our life easier, so we can focus on coding more JavaScript.

About The Author

Stefan Baumgartner is a software architect based in Austria. He has published online since the late 1990s, writing for Manning, Smashing Magazine, and A List Apart. He organizes ScriptConf, TSConf:EU, and DevOne in Linz, and co-hosts the German-language Working Draft podcast.

Technical Details

  • 452 pages,
  • ISBN: 978-3-945749-90-6,
  • Quality hardcover with stitched binding and a ribbon page marker,
  • The eBook is available in PDF, EPUB, and Amazon Kindle formats,
  • The printed copies ship worldwide in November 2020.

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