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5 Excellent Free Books to Learn TypeScript

TypeScript is an open-source programming language developed and maintained by Microsoft. It is a strict syntactical superset of JavaScript, and adds optional static typing to the language. Use existing JavaScript code, incorporate popular JavaScript libraries, and call TypeScript code from JavaScript.

TypeScript compiles to plain JavaScript code which runs on any browser, in Node.js, or in any JavaScript engine that supports ECMAScript 3 (or newer).

TypeScript offers support for the latest JavaScript features, including those from ECMAScript 2015 and future proposals, like async functions and decorators, to help build robust components.

TypeScript is published under the Apache License 2.0.

Here’s our recommended free books that’ll help you master TypeScript.


1. TypeScript Deep Dive by Basarat Ali Syed

TypeScript Deep DiveTypeScript Deep Dive is billed as definitive guide to TypeScript. There’s good coverage of the language, explaining particularly well TypeScript’s type system.

Dive into all the details that a JavaScript developer needs to know to be a great TypeScript developer. There’s tips, style guide, and more.

The book is published under an open source license. There are editions available for EPUB, PDF, and MOBI.

It’s been translated into Chinese, Filipino, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

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2. TypeScript for C# Programmers by Steve Fenton

TypeScript for C# ProgrammersThis book is aimed at .NET programmers and explains key concepts as well as similarities and differences between TypeScript and C#.

There is a quick start guide in the first chapter that introduces the syntax.

The later chapters include deep dives into the type system, memory management, events and exceptions.

This book is not published under an open source license.

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3. TypeScript Handbook by Daniel Rosenwasser, Nathan Shively-Sanders, and many others

TypeScript HandbookThe TypeScript Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the TypeScript language. It covers basic types, variable declarations, interfaces, classes, functions, generics, enums, type inference, type compatibility.

Later sections examine advanced types, symbols, iterators and generators, modules, namespaces, namespaces and modules, module resolution, and declaration merging. The final sections of the book tackle JSX, decorators, mixins, triple-slash directives, type checking JavaScript files, and utility types.

The book is published under the Apache License 2.0.

There’s a GitHub repository available.

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4. TypeScript Succinctly by Steve Fenton

TypeScript Succinctly

Chapters cover:

  • Concepts in TypeScript.
  • Visual Studio.
  • Type Safety.
  • Creating New Modules.
  • Loading Modules.
  • Working with Existing JavaScript.
  • Unit Testing with TypeScript.
  • Summary.
  • Appendix A: Alternative Development Tools.
  • Appendix B: TypeScript Command Line.
  • Appendix C: External Resources.

This book is not published under an open source license.

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5. Essential TypeScript by Jess Chadwick

Essential TypeScriptEssential TypeScript strives to teach the reader everything they need to know in order to create full-fledged JavaScript applications using the TypeScript programming language, starting by revisiting some JavaScript fundamentals and proceeding all the way to demonstrating how to convert an entire existing JavaScript codebase to take full advantage of what TypeScript has to offer.

Starting with the basics and fundamental ECMAScript 2015 features that TypeScript expands upon, the author shows you all the ways that TypeScript allows you to bring your JavaScript development to the next level.

The book explains the features TypeScript adds to JavaScript rather than explaining the fundamentals of JavaScript itself. If you’re unfamiliar with JavaScript, we recommend you read our recommended free JavaScript books.

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There’s also a GitHub code repository


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C#Combines the power and flexibility of C++ with the simplicity of Visual Basic
JavaScriptInterpreted, prototype-based, scripting language
PHPPHP has been at the helm of the web for many years
HTMLHyperText Markup Language
SQLAccess and manipulate data held in a relational database management system
RubyGeneral purpose, scripting, structured, flexible, fully object-oriented language
AssemblyAs close to writing machine code without writing in pure hexadecimal
SwiftPowerful and intuitive general-purpose programming language
GroovyPowerful, optionally typed and dynamic language
GoCompiled, statically typed programming language
PascalImperative and procedural language designed in the late 1960s
PerlHigh-level, general-purpose, interpreted, scripting, dynamic language
RDe facto standard among statisticians and data analysts
COBOLCommon Business-Oriented Language
ScalaModern, object-functional, multi-paradigm, Java-based language
FortranThe first high-level language, using the first compiler
ScratchVisual programming language designed for 8-16 year-old children
LuaDesigned as an embeddable scripting language
LogoDialect of Lisp that features interactivity, modularity, extensibility
RustIdeal for systems, embedded, and other performance critical code
LispUnique features - excellent to study programming constructs
AdaALGOL-like programming language, extended from Pascal and other languages
HaskellStandardized, general-purpose, polymorphically, statically typed language
SchemeA general-purpose, functional language descended from Lisp and Algol
PrologA general purpose, declarative, logic programming language
ForthImperative stack-based programming language
ClojureDialect of the Lisp programming language
JuliaHigh-level, high-performance language for technical computing
AwkVersatile language designed for pattern scanning and processing language
CoffeeScriptTranscompiles into JavaScript inspired by Ruby, Python and Haskell
BASICBeginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
ErlangGeneral-purpose, concurrent, declarative, functional language
VimLPowerful scripting language of the Vim editor
OCamlThe main implementation of the Caml language
ECMAScriptBest known as the language embedded in web browsers
BashShell and command language; popular both as a shell and a scripting language
LaTeXProfessional document preparation system and document markup language
TeXMarkup and programming language - create professional quality typeset text
ArduinoInexpensive, flexible, open source microcontroller platform
TypeScriptStrict syntactical superset of JavaScript adding optional static typing
ElixirRelatively new functional language running on the Erlang virtual machine
F#Uses functional, imperative, and object-oriented programming methods
TclDynamic language based on concepts of Lisp, C, and Unix shells
FactorDynamic stack-based programming language
EiffelObject-oriented language designed by Bertrand Meyer
AgdaDependently typed functional language based on intuitionistic Type Theory
IconWide variety of features for processing and presenting symbolic data
XMLRules for defining semantic tags describing structure ad meaning
ValaObject-oriented language, syntactically similar to C#
Standard MLGeneral-purpose functional language characterized as "Lisp with types"
DGeneral-purpose systems programming language with a C-like syntax
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