I’ve been working in the OS world for the last few years now and I’m left scratching my head wondering where this effort is going? It places huge emphasis on Intellisense and error insight features yet ignores how one might approach actually debugging all this beautifully unfamiliar generated code. Throughout the video I kept asking “Why wouldn’t they simply offer their own Dart-like alternative?”
While it “feels” fun and has the ususal Anders demo props going for it seeing a compiler infer types simply isn’t as exciting as it was the first go-round and the lack of a debug session demo left me feeling rather hollow. Had MS released an updated IE natively supporting TypeScript… but no we’re not back in IE 3 days, that ship has sailed.
Don’t get me wrong I appreciate type safety as much as the next compiler fan and in many ways I long for those good ol’ type safe days but I’m pretty skeptical that this is the right path forward.