2020-12-29 - Sum types, but this time in TypeScript

This will just be a wall of code, nothing more. If you have read my article about sum types, you know what sum types are. Following is just my attempt to the implementation in TypeScript of the Elm code I have previously written.

type Animal 
    = Dog 
    | Cat

enum AnimalType {
type Dog = {
    type: AnimalType.DOG,
    name: string,
    age: number,
    breed: Breed,

enum Breed {

type Cat = {
    type: AnimalType.CAT,
    name: string,
    age: number,

function breedName(breed: Breed): string {
    switch(breed) {
        case(Breed.BULLDOG): return "bulldog";
        case(Breed.GOLDEN_RETRIEVER): return "golden retriever";
        case(Breed.CHUG): return "chug";

function introduce(animal: Animal): string {
    switch (animal.type) {
        case(AnimalType.CAT): return `Meow, I am a cat named ${animal.name}.`;
        case(AnimalType.DOG): return `Woof, I am a ${breedName(animal.breed)} named ${animal.name}.`;

console.log(introduce({ type: AnimalType.CAT, name: "Jean-Pierre", age: 12 }));
console.log(introduce({ type: AnimalType.DOG, name: "Philippe", breed: "GoldenRetriever" ,age: 9 }));

It is pretty nice and looks like the Elm code. The only real difference I can see, taking aside the syntax, is that I needed to add a type attribute in my Dog and Cat types because TypeScript does not support matching on the type directly (see the introduce function).