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Typescript and React

This will be a quick walkthrough into using Typescript in a React App. This also serves as a bridge to working with a compiled language.

Learning Objectives

  • What is TypeScript
  • Benefits of TypeScript
    • type system (on variables and functions)
    • interfaces
  • Using Typescript in React
  • Should know React and Vanilla Js


  • Part 1: Intro to Typescript

    • SuperSet of JavaScript
    • Microsoft backed, JS + C# = TS
    • takes your ts(x) files and truly compiles and does static analysis and verification
  • Types

    • why?

      • better developer experience, better IDE tools
      • better performance
      • code organization
      • eliminate an entire set of bugs
    • What?

      • we know that values have types, and but they are not strictly enforced
        • duck typing
      • but in a type system, we care about the types and we can about what types are things are
      • this will help us know not only the data we are using but also the type of data we are using
      • knowing this, we can get IDE help and as well as double checking ourselves
    • How

      • typing of variables
      let count: number = 10
      const name: string = 'Billy'
      const students: Array<string> = ['Billy', 'Mandy', 'Grim']
      const data: object = ['Billy', 'Mandy', 'Grim']
      • functions
        • return values
        • parameters
      const rollDice = (): number => {
      return Math.ceil(Math.random() * 6)
      const sum = (x: number, y: number): number => {
      return x + y
  • Interfaces

    • define the shape of data that something must have to be considered the thing
    • back to duck-typing, this is defining what is a duck
    • a contract
    interface IDuck {
    walksLikeADuck: boolean
    talksLikeADuck: boolean
    quacksLikeADuck: boolean
    interface IStudent {
    name: string
    id: number
    profileImage: string
    gpa: number
    testScores: Array<number>
    const findStudent = (searchTeam: string): IStudent => {
    // do some logic to find students
    return foundStudent
    const createStudent = (data: IStudent) => {
    // Do the thing to create the student
  • React and Typescript

    • to add typescript to an existing react project
    npm install --save typescript @types/node @types/react @types/react-dom @types/jest
    • Allows to add types to state/useState

      const [numberOfCandyBars, setNumberOfCandyBars] = useState<number>(0)
      // else where I can do this:
      // else where I CAN NOT do this:
    • practical example

      const [tvShows, setTVShows] = useState<Array<Shows>>([])
      // else where I can do this only if i force the shape of the JSON calls into my tv show shape
    • Typed components

      interface IShowProps {
      title: string
      image: string
      rating: number
      export const Show = (props: IShowProps) => {
      return <div>show the show stuff</div>

Example apps:

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