This week Soma announced the introduction of a new programming language that solves a very specific problem – getting JavaScript development to scale. That language is TypeScript. You can learn more about the TypeScript project, download an early preview, read and discuss the language specification, explore the online playground, and peruse the source of the compiler (on the TypeScript project site on CodePlex, with git).

 

TypeScript adds classes, modules, and optional static typing to the ECMAScript Standard. Type annotation is the foundation for strong tooling experiences we can provide in Visual Studio. Because TypeScript compiles down to JavaScript, it requires no new runtime support and is therefore cross-browser.

 

The announcement has been received well and is certainly something to watch over the next few months.

 

Terry Clancy

Developer Audience Marketing Manager