Type Assertion

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This module will introduce you to Simple Types in TypeScript. You’ll learn about Arrays, Tuples, and Type Assertion, too.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of this module are to provide you with an understanding of:

  • What Simple Types are
  • How to use Arrays
  • How to use Tuples
  • How to use Type Assertion

Intended Audience

This learning path is aimed at all who wish to learn how to use TypeScript.


It is essential you understand the face of contemporary web development to attend this course. You should have a good working knowledge of Javascript. Please note: Before attending this class delegates must have a Microsoft account (signing up one is free).


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Sometimes as developers, we need to override the compiler errors. This is usually when an entity is more specific than its current type suggests. And we need access to its specific types, properties or functions. TypeScript provides us with two syntaxes to do this. The first is angle-bracket syntax. In this example, we have defined thing as any. Provided a value of type string. Unless we tell TypeScript, that thing is a string, it will not let us have access to properties and functions associated with the string type like length. Instead giving us an error. To do this, replace the variable or object and property in parentheses, and we put the type we wish, to assert on it in angle brackets before it. After the closing parentheses, we access the property or function. The second and probably the most common way to do type assertion, is the as-syntax. It follows the same pattern but uses the variable name followed by, as. And then the type to assert. If you use TypeScript in React, you have to use the second method. That now rounds up the module on types and their syntax. Don't forget to get some practice using the labs.


Simple Types: An Introduction - Arrays - Tuples - Any and Unknown - Null and Unidentified - Function Arguments and Return Types - Enums

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Ed is an Outstanding Trainer in Software Development, with a passion for technology and its uses and holding more than 10 years’ experience.

Previous roles have included being a Delivery Manager, Trainer, ICT teacher, and Head of Department. Ed continues to develop existing and new courses, primarily in web design using: PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL, and OOP (Java), Programming Foundations (Python), and DevOps (Git, CI/CD, etc). Ed describes himself as practically minded, a quick learner, and a problem solver who pays great attention to detail. 

Ed’s specialist area is training in Emerging Technologies, within Web Development. Ed mainly delivers courses in JavaScript covering vanilla JS, ES2015+, TypeScript, Angular, and React (the latter is authored by Ed) and has delivered on behalf of Google for PWAs. Ed has also developed a new suite of PHP courses and has extensive experience with HTML/CSS and MySQL. 

Ed is responsible for delivering QA’s Programming Foundations course using the Eclipse IDE. His skillset extends into the DevOps sphere, where he is able to deliver courses based around Agile/Scrum practices, version control, and CI/CD.

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