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# TypeScript Experiment
This folder contains an experiment to add TypeScript to Gecko. The type checking can be run manually via:
cd devtools/client/performance-new
yarn install
yarn test
Also, the types should work with editor integration. VS Code works with TypeScript by default, and should pick up the types here.
The type checking is also included in the DevTools node tests, which can be run manually via:
node devtools/client/bin/devtools-node-test-runner.js --suite=performance
More importantly the DevTools node tests run on Continuous Integration. They are included in the DevTools presets `devtools` and `devtools-linux`. They can also be found via `mach try fuzzy`, under the name "source-test-node-devtools-tests". To recap, the following try pushes will run the DevTools node tests:
DevTools node tests are also automatically run for any Phabricator diff which impacts DevTools. If the job fails, a bot will add a comment on the corresponding Phabricator diff.
## Do not overload require
Anytime that our code creates the `require` function through a BrowserLoader, it can conflict with the TypeScript type system. For example:
const { require } = BrowserLoader(...);
TypeScript treats `require` as a special keyword. If the variable is defined on the page, then it shadow's TypeScript's keyword, and the require machinery will be improperly typed as an `any`. Care needs to be taken to get around this. Here is a solution of hiding the `require` function from TypeScript:
const browserLoader = BrowserLoader(...);
/** @type {any} - */
const scope = this;
scope.require = browserLoader.require;
## Exports from a JSM
TypeScript does not understand `EXPORTED_SYMBOLS` from the JSM for exports. However, we can get around this by secretly defining and using the `exports` object so that TypeScript reads the file like a CommonJS module.
// Provide an exports object for the JSM to be properly read by TypeScript.
/** @type {any} */ (this).exports = {};
exports.ProfilerMenuButton = ProfilerMenuButton;
// The following line confuses the linting which expects a static array expression.
// for the exported symboles.
// eslint-disable-next-line
var EXPORTED_SYMBOLS = Object.keys(exports);