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Microsoft releases Typescript preview

Finally gives up on Jscript
Tue Oct 02 2012, 14:54
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SOFTWARE EMBRACER AND EXTENDER Microsoft has released a preview of Typescript, a superset language of Javascript for web development.

Microsoft's past attempts at releasing programming languages have resulted in largely closed-off proprietory products such as C#, however the firm is starting to realise that it needs to open up if it wants to stay relevant. The firm's latest effort is Typescript, a superset of Javascript, which it has introduced with a preview that has been released under the Open Web Foundation's 1.0 specification agreement while the compiler will be released under the Apache 2.0 license.

According to S. Somasegar, corporate VP of Microsoft's developer division, Typescript aims to make Javascript development scale, an important goal as Javascript has become a key technology for powering web based systems. Microsoft said Typescript outputs standards compliant Javascript code and is keen to stress that it is open for the Javascript community to provide feedback.

Microsoft decided to show off its supposed openness by not only recommending that developers use Visual Studio to work with Typescript but providing syntax templates for Vim and Emacs, adding that further templates can be rustled up as the specification for the language is available.

Microsoft hasn't always been friendly to Javascript and the firm introduced its own proprietary Jscript language back in 1996, though like Activex it failed to catch on. Now Microsoft is having to bow to the popularity of common Javascript rather than push its own programming languages in a bid to lock developers and users into its own walled garden software. µ


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