Programming languages play a crucial role in shaping the development process of software projects. As developers, we often find ourselves at crossroads, having to make decisions about which language to use for a particular project. As a front-end developer, the shift from ReScript, a language that instilled confidence with its unique features, to TypeScript, a more widely adopted but arguably less powerful language, was motivated by a delicate balance between individual confidence and community support.
However, the Achilles' heel of ReScript is its small and niche community. While the community is passionate and supportive, the limited pool of developers meant fewer bindings, resources, and third-party integrations. Troubleshooting issues or finding solutions to specific problems often proved to be a challenging task. At some point in time, the lack of a large user base also translated to slower language evolution and fewer tools available for ReScript developers.
My decision to transition from ReScript to TypeScript was largely motivated by the desire for a more robust user base. The TypeScript community is vast and diverse, providing an extensive knowledge base and a wealth of resources. This rich ecosystem facilitates easier problem-solving, so somehow, faster development, and a smoother onboarding process for new team members, which is a crucial factor when working in a team.
Choosing TypeScript also aligns with industry standards, as many large-scale projects and organizations prefer or mandate its use. This widespread adoption ensures compatibility with a variety of tools, frameworks, and services. Integration with existing projects and collaboration with other developers become more seamless, contributing to a smoother development experience.
In the journey from ReScript to TypeScript, my decision was not a dismissal of ReScript's strengths but rather a calculated move to balance individual confidence with a more expansive support system. This shift reflects the practical considerations I faced when choosing tools for my projects. While ReScript brought a sense of superheroic confidence, the broader community support and industry alignment of TypeScript proved essential for navigating the complex landscape of modern software development.
So as of today, when starting a project, I will prefer TypeScript over ReScript. But I will still keep an eye on ReScript, and I hope to see it grow in the future.
I love ReScript, and I'm grateful for the time I spent with it. I'm also grateful for the community, which is one of the most welcoming and supportive I've ever seen. I'm sure I'll come back to it in the future, but for now, I'm saying goodbye to ReScript as my main language.