a blog by Boris Cherny

JavaScript in 2017: Year in Review, Predictions for 2018

2017 has been a wild year for JavaScript and frontend development. A new version of the language was released, GraphQL was announced, compile-to-JavaScript languages were rolled out by the dozen, React became the default frontend framework, and more. Here’s a rundown of 2017 trends, and my predictions for 2018:

The Rise of Compiled Languages on the Frontend

Language-to-language compilers let you do things like compile JavaScript to TypeScript (I think there will be a lot more interesting work in this space!), TypeScript to Flow, Flow to TypeScript, TypeScript to Reason, SQL to TypeScript, JavaScript to Go, and Go to JavaScript, to mention a few.


Options in TypeScript

If you wrote in Scala or Haskell before you tried TypeScript, you may have found yourself wondering: Where are the Options at?

For those not familiar, here is an excellent introduction to Scala’s Option type. At a high level, Option is an abstraction over null that gives useful semantics around running functions over possibly-null values. It implements a monad, a functor, and some other structures, but that’s not important for this post.