Flow checks the code for errors using static type annotations. The type annotation allows us to tell Flow how we want our code to work, and Flow will make sure it does work the same way. The Flow is incrementally acceptable. It can be easily added and removed from our codebase without breaking anything. It is useful in situations when we want to enable type-checking for only one part of our project.
Anders Hejlsberg developed TypeScript. It was first introduced for the public in the month of 1 October 2012. After two years of internal development at Microsoft, the new version of TypeScript 0.9 was released in 2013. The current version of TypeScript is TypeScript 3.4.5 which was released on 24 April 2019.
We can understand the main differences between TypeScript and Flow from the below table.
|Design Goal||It is used to identify errors in programs through a balance between correctness and productivity.||It is used to enforce the type soundness/safety.|
|Use Case (popular frameworks integration)||It becomes a better choice when we are working on Angular 2 or higher versions.||If we are working on React, Flow becomes a better choice as it is easily integrated with babel and the already present infrastructure.|
|Benefits||The key benefits are:
||The key benefits are:
|Features||The main features of Typescript are:
||The main features of Flow are:
|Services||Along with the provision of static typing, it provides us with great language services and appropriate tooling that includes code refactoring, navigation, and auto-completion.||Along with the provision of static typing, Flow provides us a wide range of inter-procedural analysis and develops an in-depth understanding of our code.|
|Advantages||The advantages of TypeScript are:
||The advantages of Flow are:
|Disadvantages||The disadvantages of TypeScript are:
||The disadvantages of Flow are:
|Utility size||42.4 MB||68.4 MB|