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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430257253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430257257
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 0.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Boogle on 18 Mar. 2013
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Sometimes you just want a book that takes you through a new language quickly and concisely, and this is exactly what this book does. It's definitely for programmers - this isn't a 'Learn Typescript in 21 days' style book in the slightest. It runs you through what TypeScript is and isn't, and brings you up to speed on the language.

If you're like me and want to quickly learn and use the language without sifting through numerous blog posts, this book is perfect. Code formatting on phone is a little wonky, but on an iPad (landscape, full-width) it's just right.
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Disappointing 1 Jun. 2013
By Jonathan M. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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There are a whopping 3 chapters in this tiny little book. About one, maybe one and a half, chapters discuss the new syntax and the benefits of using TypeScript over Javascript. The rest is praise and adoration for Anders H. and detailed discussion about the tooling Microsoft built into Visual Studio (w/ Web Essentials extension) and other tools to help developers develop TypeScript with IntelliSense. -.- yaay

I want to emphasize that other than the Introduction's praise for Anders there is nothing in this book that can't be found online at TypeScript's web site and searching for tutorials and opinions.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Pretty thin 25 Jun. 2013
By Truffle - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really not a very useful book. It pulls together a few aspects of Typescript which is nice, but there's a lot missing and the examples are pretty terse and several are actually .NET C# examples. If the author is at all serious he should put out a new edition with about 3 times the content about Typescript itself and how to use it, this book really needs a lot of work.

Overall, I'd not recommend it.
Out-of-date, poorly written, confusing, leaves huge gaps 30 Oct. 2014
By C Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the worst technical books I've read. I had gone through the Typescript tutorials online, set up WebStorm on my Mac, i.e., dipped my toes in the TypeScript waters, and thought this book would get me swimming. Nope. A few things:

1) It's rife with typos. Honestly, this is mostly embarrassing for Apress — how hard is it to have a few people proofread an 83-page book?

2) The author would clearly prefer to be coding in C# in Visual Studio, and actually does this a lot of the time, which isn't really what I'm looking for in a book about TypeScript that doesn't have "Visual Studio" in the title. Also, I don't care how .NET does things, and I can't think why any JavaScript (client- or server-side) developer would. Maybe if they were transitioning JScript devs? But the author barely mentions JScript in this book.

3) The code examples are often confusing, more often nonsensical:
a) When describing the interplay of interfaces and classes, the author precedes one snippet with the comment "// Entire Class Interface", which only blurs the distinction.
b) When discussing constructors and static methods and scoping of "this", the author sets a static property on the class *inside* the constructor. And he sets it to a literal string. Yeah. The examples make no sense.
c) The author uses I-prefixing for interfaces, which is expressly disprefered by the TypeScript community

4) Overall the author's tone is flippant and apathetic. He's a huge fan of Microsoft and .NET, but that's about all he has in terms of credentials. You might think they would get a TypeScript committer (https://github.com/Microsoft/TypeScript/graphs/contributors) to write the intro-to-TypeScript book. But no, the author's own Github is sparse and as far as I can tell, he hasn't written a line of TypeScript beyond for the code examples in the book (which, as mentioned in (3) above, shows).

5) The book covers only TypeScript v0.8.x, and there's a lot that's happened since then. The TypeScript team's plan for generics merits a sidebar, but that's the extent of coverage of generics.

6) Any TypeScript-curious developer is hereby advised to stick to the TypeScript Handbook: http://www.typescriptlang.org/Handbook, which is actually quite lucid and up-to-date, covering everything in this book and more, and much more succinctly at that. The failings of this book say more about Microsoft's reluctance to get the open-source community involved, I think, than they reflect on Maharry. In his defense, I'd be willing to bet he was bribed into writing the book by Apress, rather than the effort coming from any genuine interest in TypeScript. Apress saw a gap Microsoft absentmindedly left, and rushed to fill it, ineptly but presumably profitably (what more could I expect from a publisher?).

At least I didn't make the mistake of buying it; my school's library saved me that humiliation.
Get the Kindle Version 19 Feb. 2014
By Gregory A. Gum - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a one chapter book. OK, technically, it has three chapters, but the first is on installing Typescript, and the 3rd is on the compiler. So there is only one chapter left on typescript.

As an Apress book, I expected a deep dive - this is not - it is an introduction to typescript. (It's only 83 pages including the index and appendixes, despite what the description says.)

The typescript chapter is well written, but it's no better than any other intro you can find on Typescript. The best I have found so far is Anders intro video on Channel 9. The video has many more examples than are given in the book.

So if you need an intro, get the Kindle version - it's easier to read, you can click on the long links, and copy and paste the few samples into VS to try them out.

I got this after watching the above video, but there was no new material. I am sorry Dan, I hate to give bad reviews, but this was just not what I was expecting.
Cover all that matters but I didn't like the writing style very much 14 Jan. 2014
By A. Cordeiro Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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The language felt a bit tiresome and not enough vetted. However it provides loads of important information.
For someone just getting acquainted with typescript a free typescript ebook called Typescript succinctly by Steve Fenton and perhaps used 'Revealed' as a second read.
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