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I’ve been using Java generics for years, and when I saw their syntax in TypeScript, I simply put a checkmark in the list of TypeScript features that I already know and understand.I was wrong. Let me show you something. Below is a Java code sample that illustrates the use of generics. I’ve created a class Person and its subclass Employee. Then I created a standalone class Animal. Finally, I used the generic notation to ensure that if anyone would try to add an instance of Animal to the collection of workers, the Java compiler would complain, and it did: Then I re-wrote the same program in TypeScript, and its compiler didn’t complain: But if I’ll comment out the property name in the class Animal, the TypeScript compiler will complain: This may lead to the following conclusions: 1. In TypeScript, if you use a type as a parameter in generics, it’ll allow any other ... (more)

Angular CLI: multiple apps in the same project

You may need to have an Angular project that has multiple apps so you can run the build of a particular app, say depending on the customer you’re preparing the build for. In my case, I wanted to create a project with multiple apps that I use in my Angular workshops. Having a single project with multiple apps allows you to run a time-consuming npm or yarn install once, and just modify the name of the app you want to run. For example, you may have multiple versions of the main bootstrap file that load different root modules. The file .angular-cli.json has the apps section with the... (more)

RX: Reactive Libraries

Over the last several years, the term “reactive programming” became popular in many programming languages. Reactive Manifesto was published although it gives a rather generic definition of reactive systems http://www.reactivemanifesto.org. Yes, an app should response fast (Responsive), remain functional in case of errors (Resilient), be flexible in regards to increasing/decreasing computational resources (Elastic), and be based on asynchronous events (Message Driven). Declaring the principles is a good start, but how to apply these principles in a concrete app? Let’a talk about ... (more)

Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex 2 and Java

A typical Java developer knows that when you need to develop a GUI for a Java application, Swing is the tool. Eclipse SWT also has a number of followers, but the majority of people use Java Swing. For the past 10 years, it was a given that Swing development wouldn't be easy; you have to master working with the event-dispatch thread, GridBaglayout, and the like. Recently, the NetBeans team created a nice GUI designer called Matisse, which was also ported to MyEclipse. Prior to Matisse, JBuilder had the best Swing designer, but it was too expensive. Now a good designer comes with N... (more)

Rich Internet Applications - State of the Union

[This prescient article first appeared on SYS-CON.com nearly 12 months ago.] We are entering an era of Rich Internet Applications (RIA),  and many enterprise development managers are facing the dilemma - which way to go - remain with  tried and true Java or .Net technologies or less known yet AJAX, Flex, OpenLaszlo or a number of other vendors.  This article is an attempt to give a brief overview of what's out there on the RIA market. Historically there have been major shifts in the software industry. We moved from mainframes with dumb terminals to client/server. Users gained in c... (more)