Javascript is great because it lets you do anything

Over the spring and summer, I built Noodle, a minimalist, privacy-focused event scheduling app. (more) My friends and I use it all the time, but development has kinda slowed.

This is a problem, because if I ever need to fix anything, I’m going to have to go back and remember how the code works, from scratch.

Javascript is so permissive. It’s great that I can get up and running without having to worry about whether I’m comparing a string to an int, but future me is going to step on that rake, I know it.

Separately from the conversation I’m having with myself about how to ensure code maintainability without having to remember why I made all the decisions I did, my mentor at work suggested converting the project to Typescript. So that’s two people telling me to do this, so here we are.

We use TS at work, but I’d never started with a JS project and had to convert it mid-stream. The resources I have found that have helped are:

 "overrides": {
    "typescript": "^5.0.3"

Once I added TS to the project, I could start renaming files. My IDE started complaining about all sorts of things. Javascript really lets you get away with anything.

Full disclosure, I have only started to tackle the very ‘easy’ components, so Noodle is not fully Typescript-ified yet, but I’m looking forward to the day I can say that it is.