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November, 2021
By Irine Gamkrelidze

Typescript or Javascript

Typescript or Javascript

If you’re ever curious about how popular Javascript actually is, then let me show you in numbers: There are almost 2 billion websites created and a whopping 95% of them use Javascript. Needless to say, it remains the most used language in the world. As for Typescript, it still isn’t on this kind of height, but believe me, it’s gaining on the most popular language quite rapidly. The Typescript was released in 2012 by Microsoft. It was supposed to be a superset of JS, but the growth it has seen up until 2021 is uncanny. So let’s explain a little bit about why more developers are going for Typescript instead of Javascript.

Differences Between Scripts

Even though Javascript is an undeniable leader in the programming world, Typescript literally came out and improved upon it massively. For developers, it was interesting to see the differences between them; moreover, both of these languages are completely interchangeable, so that’s another layer of comfort for those who want to experiment with Typescript.

Typing

A very noticeable difference between these two is very obvious for developers. When working on a outsource web development project, our programmers wrote code with Typescript a few years ago. The static typing is the first difference they saw. While Javascript’s style is entirely different, much more dynamic; for example, a variable can be an integer at the moment, a string later on.

Setbacks

When you’ve worked with both languages for a little while, you’ll notice that Typescript was almost created to combat the setbacks we meet in JS. There’s a difference, though; if Javascript helps you create unique web projects, then we can also say that Typescript is a strongly typed superset of Javascript. It improves upon it, better at typing, as we’ve mentioned, and handling complex codes.

Error Feature

While Javascript does not need to compile, as it only shows any errors during actual run-time, Typescript also improves with the compile-type error feature. When you’re a developer that has several outsourced web development projects on the table, this can be a time and a lifesaver at the same time. It’s also friendly for businesses because you wouldn’t be surprised with errors post-production; you can nip them in the bud, thanks to the Typescripts error feature.

Why Choose Typescript?

Apart from the reasons listed above, Typescript is also gaining popularity at a massive rate. As of June 2021, according to the rankings, this programming language has managed to maintain its position in the top 10, outranking Ruby, C and Swift. Some are not happy about these rankings, and they are not alone; an opinion was voiced that said Typescript and JS are basically the same language and they should be “combined”. However, even though the similarities are undeniable, we believe that Typescript has the potential to hold its own, and in 2022, we may see it in the top 3.

There would be no Typescript without JS, to give credit where credit’s due. Still, Typescript has improved the experience of programming with Javascript. More and more developers are utilizing the features to their advance. In the end, time is money, and that is why Typescript isn’t going to drop from the popular list any time soon.


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