Typescript - Beginner Guide to type keyword with example

In this short tutorial, learn about the type keyword in typescript with examples.

Type is a keyword in typescript, used as an alias for existing or custom types.

typescript type keyword examples

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Let us declare Employee Interface in the ts file

interface Employee {
  name: string;
  id: number;
  salary: number;

Create an empty typed array of an interface or class in typescript

Employee object holds different types of data.

  • Using generics type declaration

First, the array variable can be declared with a generic array of Employee by assigning an empty array

let employees: Array<Employee> = [];

Thus, create a variable store’s empty typed array

  • type assertion

`type assertion is like assigning an object of one type to a variable. It will have no performance impact at runtime. however, It is used to avoid errors at compile time.

two syntaxes are used. The first is as syntaxand the second isangle-bracket syntax`.

The following is an example for creating an empty typed array with as syntax.

let empArray1 = [] as Employee[];

The above syntax can also be written with angle-bracket syntax as follows

let empArray = <Employee[]>[];

Both are equal in terms of usage and performance.

  • Array constructor

Finally, array constructors are generic usage and used by every developer. It uses a new operator to create an empty array.

let empArray = new Array<Employee>();
let empArray: Array<Employee> = new Array<Employee>();

It looks good in readability, however, performance impacts creating a reference in memory.

How to create an empty typed string array with examples

There are many ways typed string array’s can be created with the following syntaxes

let emptyStringArray: string[] = [];
let emptyStringArray1 = new Array<string>();
let emptyStringArray2: Array<string> = new Array<string>();

Create and initialize typed empty objects in an array

In this example, create a non-empty array with object data that is empty or default values.

let us declare an interface for the User

interface User {
  name: string;
  id: number;
  password: string;

Following is an example of an array initialized with three empty user objects. Partial in typescript allows you to construct an object with optional fields Partial<User> return User with optional id, name, and password

users: Partial<User>[] = [{}, {}, {}];

And another option is to manually set values for each object with the default values of an object

users1: User[] = [{ id: null, name: null, password:null }{ id: null, name: null, password:null }]


In Conclusion, you learned different ways to create a typed empty array, and also how to create an array with empty objects.