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Model Alternatives with Discriminated Union Types in TypeScript


TypeScript’s discriminated union types (aka tagged union types) allow you to model a finite set of alternative object shapes in the type system. The compiler helps you introduce fewer bugs by only exposing properties that are known to be safe to access at a given location. This lesson shows you how to define a generic Result<T> type with a success case and a failure case. It also illustrates how you could use discriminated unions to model various payment methods.

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