WebStorm 10 and TypeScript support

April 10, 2015 #javascript #typescript #webdev

WebStorm 10 now has updated TypeScript support including a built-in TypeScript 1.4 compiler with TypeScript 1.5 support already in the WebStorm 10.0.2 EAP.  To test this out, I opened a simple, sample project where I was playing with JavaScript decimal libraries to understand how certain compiler errors are reported.

WebStorm Project Files

I have a TypeScript source code file with intentional compile errors named bad.ts

/// <reference path="decimal.d.ts" />  
var a:Decimal, b:Decimal, c:Decimal;
a = 0.1;
b = 0.2;
c = a + b;

It uses the following type definition file which disallows direct assignment of JavaScript numbers or using the + operator.  The Decimal constructor and plus() method are required to be used instead.

declare class Decimal {
   constructor(value: number);
   plus(n: number): Decimal;
   plus(n: string): Decimal;
   plus(n: Decimal): Decimal;

bad.ts generates these compile time errors:

WebStorm Current Errors

What is the right way to use this library?  Here is some sample code that avoids the compile time errors.

/// <reference path="decimal.d.ts" />  
var a:Decimal, b:Decimal, c:Decimal;
a = new Decimal(0.1);
b = new Decimal(0.2);
c =;
c ='0.2');
c =;

For more background on why I find this interesting, you can read my earlier blog post: Solution to JavaScript’s 0.1 + 0.2 = 0.30000000000000004 problem?

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