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Microsoft released TypeScript in 2012 after two years of internal development. The scripting language will turn 10 later in December.
TypeScript’s co-creator Anders Hejlsberg, a Microsoft technical fellow and ‘father of C#’, recently told ZDNet he had to sell the idea of an open-source language to Microsoft’s top brass in 2010, when the company under then CEO Steve Ballmer was still edgy about open source.
In mid-2019, TypeScript overtook PHP, which was the third most popular language on GitHub in 2016 but it is now the sixth most commonly used in projects hosted on GitHub.
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Google developers behind Angular are fans of TypeScript. The language has also been spurred by the demise of Adobe Flash, which will reach end of life this month and will no longer be supported by any major browser next year.