Create Angular v2+ project (2) - typescript

Posted by Andy Feng on June 29, 2018


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New features

Pick vs Partial

Partial and Pick are mapped types. They are used to create a new type using part of original type.


interface PartialTask {
  id: string,
  name: string,
  contacts: any[]

interface Task extends PartialTask{
  associatedJob: string,
  submissionDate: string,
  allocatedTime: number,
  expectedCompletion: string,
  assignee: string,
  invoiceNumber: string,
  invoiceDueDate: string,
  comment: string,
  taskAddress: string
  ... x 10

Here we have 2 versions of Task type.

Partial helps us create a clone type that mirrors a provided type(interface, class) with all properties:

type PartialTaskByPartial = Partial<Task>;
let taskObj : PartialTaskByPartial = null;

Here the new type PartialTaskByPartial contains all properties of Task class.

Pick is alternative to the above but gives us more powerful way. We can pick some of properties from original type to get a new type:

type PartialTaskByPick = Pick<Task, 'id' | 'associatedJob'>;
let partialTaskObj : PartialTaskByPick = null;

Here the new type PartialTaskByPick only contains 2 properties: id, associatedJob

Demo 1

In practice, Pick can help us create new objects with customized proproties from original types. e.g.

function pick<T, K extends keyof T>(obj: T, ...keys: K[]): Pick<T, K> {
    const copy = {} as Pick<T, K>;

    keys.forEach(key => copy[key] = obj[key]);

    return copy;


let originalObj = { "name": "someName", "age": 20, "date": "2015-01-03" };
let copy = pick(originalObj, "name", "age") as Test;
console.log(copy); // { name: "someName", "age": 20 }

Please note that here Pick help us achieve this purpose via new empty object {} and add properties and copy value from original object into it. It has better performance than delete a property from original object.

Demo 2

Pick is handy when you need to create a new type from an existing interface with only the specified keys, which is great but sometimes you need just the opposite. Like when you’re defining the return type for your API endpoint where you want to include everything except for one or two private fields.

So what you actually need is Omit. It is not built-in and we will create for that:

type Diff<T extends string, U extends string> = ({[P in T]: P } & {[P in U]: never } & { [x: string]: never })[T];  
type Omit<T, K extends keyof T> = Pick<T, Diff<keyof T, K>>; 

this is how to use:

type PartialTaskByOmit = Omit<Employee, 'id' | 'associatedJob'>;  
var partialTaskObj : PartialTaskByOmit ;

Here the new type PartialTaskByOmit contains all properties of Task class except id, associatedJob