Monday, March 9, 2015

TypeScript replaces AtScript as the preferred language for Angular 2

October last year, I wrote the following:

I heard some colleagues discuss if Angular.js will ever be written using TypeScript. The answer is no. In fact, the Angular.js team is using their own language AtScript to build Angular 2.0.

Man, could I have been more wrong! Last week S. Somasegar shared the following news:

For the last several months, the Microsoft TypeScript and Google Angular teams have been working closely together. Today at ng-conf in Salt Lake City, the Angular and the TypeScript teams are unveiling the first fruits of that collaboration.  We’re excited to announce that we have converged the TypeScript and AtScript languages, and that Angular 2, the next version of the popular JavaScript library for building web sites and web apps, will be developed with TypeScript.

Working closely with a rich library like Angular has helped TypeScript to evolve additional language features that simplify end-to-end application development, including annotations, a way to add metadata to class declarations for use by dependency injection or compilation directives.

That’s really great news and gives me hope for the future of both TypeScript and Angular.

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