Classes in TypeScript: Properties and Special Cases

In our quest to model classes in TypeScript, we’ve so far managed to model the type hierarchy, scalar DataType values, and enums. The big piece that remains, however, is representing what’s actually inside of the class: it’s properties. After all, what it means for a JSON-LD literal to have “@type” equal to “Person” is […] DataType in TypeScript: Structural Typing Doesn’t Cut It has a concept of a DataType, things like Text, Number, Date, etc. In JSON-LD, we represent these as strings or numbers, rather than array or object literals. This data could describe the name of a Person, a check-in date and time for a LodgingReservation, a URL of a Corporation, publication date of an Article, […] Enumerations in TypeScript

Last time, we talked about modeling the class hierarchy in TypeScript. We ended up with an elegant, recursive solution that treats any type Thing as a “@type”-discriminated union of ThingLeaf and all the direct sub-classes of the type. The next challenge in the journey of building TypeScript typings for the vocabulary is modeling […]

Modeling Schema with TypeScript: The Power and Limitations of the TypeScript Type System

Recently, I published schema-dts (npm, GitHub), an open source library that models JSON-LD in TypeScript. A big reason I wanted to do this project is because I knew some TypeScript type system features, such as discriminated type unions, powerful type inference, nullability checking, and type intersections, present an opportunity to both model what […]

Observables, Side-effects, and Subscriptions

My previous articles on using AsyncPipe and data refresh patterns in Angular hint at some common anti-patterns dealing with Observables. If there‚Äôs any common thread in my advice, it is: delay unpacking an Observable into its scalar types when performing logic you can rewrite as side-effect-free, leaving code with side-effects for subscription callbacks and other downstream logic. […]

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