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Autogenerating Kea's TypeScript support

Marius Andra added TypeScript support to his React state management library with kea-typegen:

I tried a lot of different ways to add TS support to Kea. At the end of the day what was needed was just not possible without an extra type generation step. I’ll document the failed attempts in a blog post one day. The issue boils down to the fact that each block inside a logic (e.g. reducers) gets the logic itself as a parameter (reducers: logic => (...)). That kind of loopy stuff is just not possible with TS right now. At least not to the level that it has to be for it to work in Kea (think of selectors that depend on each other). Ultimately, all of the pure-TS attempts I tried would have yielded a partial solution.

Thus kea-typegen was born. Even if it’s just a step along the way (TS compiler plugins a’la babel someday?) and still missing many features, it’s already really useful. It uses the TypeScript compiler API to analyse your source files and print out complete types (interfaces) for them.

Marius also recorded a video of the process in action.

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