design patterns

Self Modifying Type Predicates in Typescript

Typescript’s type system is uniquely powerful among mainstream programming languages, approximating the expressive power of Haskell or Idris, while also remaining flexible enough for production applications. Type predicates are a useful tool in building a well-typed software framework. Essentially, they allow you to “simulate” dependent types, a powerful type feature present in Idris. Further explanation on type predicates can be found here. The premise of this article is a usage of type predicates I haven’t seen discussed online - most type predicates just modify one of their arguments, but you can actually form a predicate on this because it is an implicit argument.