Learn TypeScript w/ Mike North

Intro

March 22, 2022

Table of Contents

What to expect

Aside from a small update on the latest developments in the TS language, we won’t be covering much new material, but we’ll get a lot of valuable practice that will help you better retain knowledge and apply it to the problems you encounter in the real world.

But why practice?

Getting started with TypeScript is one thing, but there’s a big gap between learning the particulars of the language and practical application of the more advanced topics that follow

Making TypeScript Stick

Inspiration

We’ll be applying some of the techniques described in Making it Stick, a popular book on the science of learning, retention, and application of learned knowledge.

Making it stick book cover

How will we go about this? What makes this different from the exercise portion of courses you may have already taken?

  • We’ll tackle some very challenging exercises. There’s evidence in studies “desirable difficulty” in learning improves retention
  • We’ll learn in a bunch of different ways, and in a fairly non-linear way
  • We’ll balance between rule-driven and example driven learning approaches

How to take this course

  • If possible space this course out over a few days or weeks. There’s some evidence that “spacing” improves retention by as much as 90% compared to “cramming”.
  • Keep a journal as part of owning your learning path. Be aware of which topics you still find challenging, and which ones you feel you’ve already mastered
  • Make sure that you actually participate in the exercises and challenges. Active participation will greatly increase the benefit of this course in your ability to form a solid mental model around TypeScript.
  • Be kind to yourself, and try to frame “wrong answers” as learning opportunities


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