A list of reasons for why I like to use TypeScript - Part One

With this article I like to post my thoughts about TypeScript and some of the advantages of the language that I use on my everyday programming tasks.

  1. Types, types, types

Who does not know or have not implemented code like the following in JavaScript:

    var person = {
        firstname: "Christos",
        lastname: "Monogios"
    // Lines of code...
    person.skills = ["TypeScript"];
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How to speed up the compilation of your Jekyll website when you use npm modules

Chances are high that you are going to use plugins from npm in your Jekyll website. For example you might want to minify the CSS files by using Gulp, or bundle together your JavaScript files with Webpack.

A new node_modules folder is going to be created on the root of your website and now all of a sudden your website need much more time to be build when you start the development-server with Jekyll serve.

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How to fix the 'Unable to find "react" ("npm") in the registry' error when using the tool Typings and TypeScript

During the last years we see that every month new JavaScript frameworks/ tools/ libraries are comming out to the public and they all promise to help us develop better, faster and give more quality to our applications. One of the favorite combinations is currently the use of the React framework, TypeScript as superset of JavaScript and the webpack tool for combining files together, dependencies and more.

When using the combination, it is very probably that you are also going to use the Typings plugin for fast downloading of definitions files for TypeScript.

If you installed react with npm and you get the ‘Unable to find “react” (“npm”) in the registry’ error from Typings when you try to download the d.ts file of react, then here is the solution to your problem:

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Create a breadcrumb list of links with JavaScript and use it inside your React applications!

The advantages of using breadcrumbs in your web applications are widely known.

  • The users get a chain of links that helps them understand where they are in your website and how they came to this page, and how provides them an easy when to navigate back in the hierarchy of links.

  • Breadcrumbs are considered to be a best practice for the SEO of your application.

Suppose we have the following example of chained links in a breadcrumb:

Main page > Main category 1 > Sub category 1 > Product 1

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How to check if a string in JavaScript contains only numbers

There is often the case that you want to check if a string in JavaScript contains only numbers or you might just want to extract the numbers from a string, but you want to do this extraction only when the string only contains numbers. The most common case for such check is when you want to read a value (returned as string from JavaScript) from an input field of a form and evaluate if this value is a number or not.

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