So I encountered a mooc at edx.org that offered to teach me "TypeScript". I was really interested in this course because it was advertised with Anders Hejlsberg, the guy that made me start programming with Turbo Pascal, but now I have the feeling other users lost interest in this course because there is no Anders.
For this course you have to submit "homeworks"; you get a task and submit it. Simple. But the reviews for these homeworks are done by other users. You yourself have to review 3 other "homeworks". But this leads to a problem:
I now have two "homeworks" that aren't reviewed yet. And I can understand why: the text formatting gets lost and it's not even highlighted. Plus you have to review 3 other "homeworks".
Also the videos contains a lot "blabla". I mean, you get 15 minutes blabla about interfaces but not a single time you get to see an interface in code :). In the next video you see an interface but that could be improved. I had the feeling they wanted to fill a specific time. I'd understand the need for the details and depth if the course is for the absolute beginner but it's advertised with this:
The other thing is Visual Studio. I understand that Microsoft wants to advertise Visual Studio but then again you download Visual Studio 2013 CE to find out you are using an extremely old version of typescript which isn't suitable for this course :). The course is offered by Microsoft. Ouch! :)
Then I got it working somehow, opened the files for the first homework, just to find out they forgot a tag in the html. That alone isn't a problem but Visual Studio gently fucks up formatting because it probably has a simple parser and formatter (intellj shows all red if you fuck up your tags) :). I'm a sorry intellij user. Then visual studio yelled some crap about wrong version etc...couldn't resolve that. I just fired up a new project in intellij, opened one of the *.ts files. Intellij asked me if I want to use the ts compiler. Yes! Intellij ships with typescript 1.4 :P. And it just works ootb! :). And it doesn't create empty bin folders for a web app...
I'll finish the course now and will never look back. Dan Wahlin and his companion targetted the wrong people here. The course was advertised for developers but in fact they were talking to kids :/. "What is a contract? Huh?" ehehehe...:).