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What is each of these
I’m not going to talk about ECMAScript much more, since that’s basically just the JS standard, there isn’t much else to say about it.
Basically, considering that TS make you write code a certain way, you will have to write a little more code upfront – however, that will save a lot of time later on as your project grows. One of the biggest benefits is just Tooling, which gives you errors right in your IDE as you write them, instead of production. This means that you can fix things one by one as you go, instead of having it all blow in your face during production.
Overall, while far from mandatory, if you do use JS a lot in your projects, then learning TypeScript might be a worthwhile investment that will yield a return as you go.
However, CoffeeScript is about 10 times less popular now than at its peak in 2013. That means its likely this language is dyeing out and won’t be anywhere near as popular as it was anytime soon. Take a look at the Google Trends graph below:
TypeScript VS CoffeeScript
Unlike CoffeeScript, TypeScript is actually getting more and more popular, especially with Angular and all of its new versions coming out. You could perhaps say that not that many people actually chose to use TypeScript, but it was forced upon them with Angular, whether it was because of a job requirement or a client who wanted to use Angular. Either way, we’re now stuck with it, for better or for worse.
In case you know you will need TypeScript (or Angular) at some point of your career, and would rather use something that’s getting more and more popular and thus has a better community, then TypeScript is the way to go. That also goes if you want to raise your value as a employee – a lot of opportunities for TypeScript developers, both front-end and back-end. Not so many for CoffeeScript, though/
When to use each
TypeScript, on the other hand, is the superset that’s been gaining popularity, with a large community, plenty of resources and documentation, and maintained by Microsoft and promoted by Google. It’s really the safe choice when it comes to picking something to expand your programming skillset with. Not only will there be jobs available in the next few years, it’s likely that it will become a bit of a standard and further grow as a language.
If, again, you want to have cleaner code with some syntactic sugar, and/or come from a Python or Ruby background, then use CoffeeScript. However, many would claim is already dead, so if you do decide to use it, make sure you know your why and your other options. While there are still thousands of CoffeeScript projects that need maintenance, it is almost certain that any demand for it will slowly die off and become obsolete.
TypeScript: Use if you want to make things easier for bigger or cooperative projects. Very popular and possibly here to stay
CoffeeScript: Probably already dead, you may want to think twice if you decide to opt for CS instead of TypeScript.
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