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Marcus Kohlberg for Encore

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Type Safety in Software Development

The big idea

Type Safety helps ensure the correctness of a codebase by catching type errors early in the development process. For example, in a dynamically typed language, like JavaScript, it's all too easy to assign a value of the wrong type to a variable. β€” The problem? This often leads to tricky bugs which can be time-consuming to detect and fix.

Key Pillars of Type Safety

  • πŸ›οΈ Reliability: Providing a stable shield against unforeseen runtime errors and fortifying application reliability.
  • πŸ‘― Collaboration: Enhancing code readability and fostering seamless teamwork among developers by ensuring explicit data type declarations.
  • πŸ” Efficient Debugging: Facilitating smoother and more efficient debugging by enabling early detection of type discrepancies.

Encore loves static typing

Encore relies on static typing, and end-to-end type safety, to provide many of its built-in features. You might say it's a symbiotic relationship, helping developers through tools like:

  • πŸ•ΈοΈ Application modeling: Parsing your code and creating an application model used to determine and provision necessary cloud infrastructure.
  • πŸ“œ API Documentation: Automatically generating API documentation to swiftly guide developers through dependencies and expected data types.
  • 🌐 Tracing: Enabling quick identification and resolution of issues through distributed tracing.

🀿 Dive deeper:

Want to learn more about how this works? Check out this docs article.

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