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Dharan Ganesan
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Day 39: Nullable Strings

Question: Handling Nullable Strings

Write a function where you need to calculate the length of the string if it's present, or return -1 if it's null. TypeScript's strict type checking can make this seemingly simple task a bit tricky.

const str1: string | null = "Hello, TypeScript!";
const str2: string | null = null;

console.log(getStringLength(str1)); // Output: 18
console.log(getStringLength(str2)); // Output: -1
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function getStringLength(input: string | null): number {
  if (input === null) {
    return -1;
  // Use type assertion to treat input as a string
  return input.length;
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