JavaScript flavors

Sep 14, 2020 • ☕️ 1 min read

The spread of the browser and web-based applications has given JavaScript an exclusive reach unmatched by any other language.

JavaScript is a dynamically and weakly typed language. This is a great feature when you’re just trying to write some small script to perform a specific task on a web page; but as your code base grows, it becomes more and more difficult to maintain.

People have compared their development experience in JavaScript with what they were using before, typically a server-side technology; and they’ve found that they were missing a lot of the tools that made their old life easier. So some people have started to bridge the gap.

TypeScript

Typed superset of JavaScript by Microsoft. It offers many exciting features including optional static typing, modules, interfaces, classes, etc.

Reason

Reason lets you write simple, fast and quality type safe code while leveraging both the JavaScript & OCaml ecosystems.

Elm

Elm is a functional language that compiles to JavaScript. It helps you make websites and web apps. It has a strong emphasis on simplicity and quality tooling.

PureScript

A strongly-typed functional programming language that compiles to JavaScript and reuse existing JavaScript code easily.

ClosureScript

ClojureScript is a robust, practical, and fast programming language with a set of useful features that together form a simple, coherent, and powerful tool.

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