It is deceptive to say that Typescript is just "a backward compatible tool for type checks"
Will Typescript add more troubles for you? Yes, it will.
People have little idea for what they sign for: it is not just some script to do build time type checks, but an entire language + ecosystem standing apart from standard JS along with expected interoperability issues and "one way door" problem
Library authors opting for TS may well be closing door for contributors from mainstream dev demographic.
Commercial dev shops may loose out on trading type checks for smaller ecosystem, smaller dev base, and productivity loss
For one man companies, and smaller shops: you will be ready pull your hair after few months dealing with tooling. TS tooling problems make usual webpack breakages look trivial, and will greatly affect your productivity
Also remember that TypeScript is very forgiving if you decide to avoid types in some part of your codebase. However, I will tell you that I always end up regretting not using types when I come back to the code in 6 months.
> Library authors opting for TS may well be closing door for contributors from mainstream dev demographic.
I think it's the complete opposite. Good typings make it easier for new contributors to get up to speed, make changes without breaking anything, and document those changes. Furthermore, it makes it significantly easier to push out new versions of your libraries since TypeScript will help users debug breaking changes.
Just as with as with any transpiler, you never have 100% confidence in your source maps, especially if you mix and match your tooling.
And you almost always loose some part of native debugger functionality in browser or node. I never ever saw a transpiler that does not break correct display of properties along the prototype chain or breakpoints inside constructor functions.
This is where vanilla es6 blows everything away. I know not so few dotcom tier companies with 1m+ per hour websites which stick with handwritten JS on the frontend solely because of that: productivity gains for them simply not worth losing few percents of visitors because of hard to catch and debug bugs.
I'm a little disappointed/surprised flow is viewed by some as a pet project by Facebook, I really think it is a great type checking tool that works nicely with other tooling.
Flow was built for a very specific usecase: incrementally adding types to an existing untyped project. TypeScript is better for almost everything else.
I see now, that it's not about which is better, more just different approaches thanks!
Is it though? I'd thoroughly disagree. MVC is perfectly fine for a majority of applications out there.