Microsoft released Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 CTP 2, adding new capabilities from CTP 1 and providing functionality to help development teams become more productive. Along with the release of 2013.2 comes the release of Microsoft’s programming language, TypeScript. Microsoft first went public with a preview of TypeScript in October 2012, and now it is finally ready to release TypeScript 1.0 RC. The release of TypeScript strengthens it as a first-class development language, according to Microsoft.
Developers using TypeScript are also able to use highly productive development techniques and practices such as static checking, statement completion, code refactoring and symbol-based navigation.
TypeScript, Hejlsberg said, enables projects, multiple files and cross-platform refactoring to “give the look and feel of Java or C++.” He said it also works with jQuery, Node.js or AngularJS with no modifications.
“And it works even better when you define type definitions,” he added. “If you use optional static types for jQuery or whatever you’re using, you get a fantastic tooling experience.”