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TypeScript Style Guide


TypeScript Style Guide provides a concise set of conventions and best practices used to create consistent, maintainable code.

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About Guide


Since "consistency is the key", TypeScript Style Guide strives to enforce majority of the rules by using automated tooling as ESLint, TypeScript, Prettier, etc.
Still certain design and architectural decisions must be followed which are described with conventions below.


  • As project grow in size and complexity, maintaining code quality and ensuring consistent practices becomes increasingly challenging.
  • Defining and following a standard way to write TypeScript applications brings consistent codebase and faster development cycles.
  • No need to discuss code styles in code reviews.
  • Saves team time and energy.


As any code style guide is opinionated, this is no different as it tries to set conventions (sometimes arbitrary) that govern our code.

You don't have to follow every convention exactly as it is written in guide, decide what works best for your product and team to stay consistent with your codebase.


Style Guide requires you to use:

Style Guide assumes using, but is not limited to:


  • Strive for data immutability.
  • Embrace const assertions.
  • Avoid type assertions.
  • Strive for functions to be pure, stateless and have single responsibility.
  • Majority of function arguments should be required (use optional sparingly).
  • Strong emphasis to keep naming conventions consistent and readable.
  • Use named exports.
  • Code is organized and grouped by feature. Collocate code as close as possible to where it's relevant.
  • UI components must only show derived state and send events, nothing more (no business logic).
  • Test business logic, not implementation details.

Data Immutability

Majority of the data should be immutable (use Readonly, ReadonlyArray, always return new array, object etc). To keep cognitive load for future developers low, try to keep data objects small.
As an exception mutations should be used sparingly in cases where truly necessary: complex objects, performance reasoning etc.


Type Inference

As rule of thumb, explicitly declare a type when it help narrows it.

// ❌ Avoid - Type can be inferred
const userRole: string = 'admin'; // Type 'string'
const employees = new Map<string, number>([['Gabriel', 32]]);
const [isActive, setIsActive] = useState<boolean>(false);

// ✅ Use type inference
const USER_ROLE = 'admin'; // Type 'admin'
const employees = new Map([['Gabriel', 32]]); // Type 'Map<string, number>'
const [isActive, setIsActive] = useState(false); // Type 'boolean'

// ❌ Avoid - Type can be narrowed
const employees = new Map(); // Type 'Map<any, any>'
employees.set('Lea', 'foo-anything');
type UserRole = 'admin' | 'guest';
const [userRole, setUserRole] = useState('admin'); // Type 'string'

// ✅ Use explicit type declaration to narrow the type
const employees = new Map<string, number>(); // Type 'Map<string, number>'
employees.set('Gabriel', 32);
type UserRole = 'admin' | 'guest';
const [userRole, setUserRole] = useState<UserRole>('admin'); // Type 'UserRole'

Return Types

Including return type annotations is highly encouraged, although not required (eslint rule).

Consider benefits when explicitly typing the return value of a function:

  • Return values makes it clear and easy to understand to any calling code what type is returned.
  • In the case where there is no return value, the calling code doesn't try to use the undefined value when it shouldn't.
  • Surface potential type errors faster in the future if there are code changes that change the return type of the function.
  • Easier to refactor, since it ensures that the return value is assigned to a variable of the correct type.
  • Similar to writing tests before implementation (TDD), defining function arguments and return type, gives you the opportunity to discuss the feature functionality and its interface ahead of implementation.
  • Although type inference is very convenient, adding return types can save TypeScript compiler a lot of work.

Template Literal Types

Embrace using template literal types, instead of just (wide) string type.
Template literal types have many applicable use cases e.g. API endpoints, routing, internationalization, database queries, CSS typings ...

// ❌ Avoid
const userEndpoint = '/api/users'; // Type 'string' - no error
// ✅ Use
type ApiRoute = 'users' | 'posts' | 'comments';
type ApiEndpoint = `/api/${ApiRoute}`;
const userEndpoint: ApiEndpoint = '/api/users';

// ❌ Avoid
const homeTitleTranslation = 'translation.home.title'; // Type 'string' - no error
// ✅ Use
type LocaleKeyPages = 'home' | 'about' | 'contact';
type TranslationKey = `translation.${LocaleKeyPages}.${string}`;
const homeTitleTranslation: TranslationKey = 'translation.home.title';

// ❌ Avoid
const color = 'blue-450'; // Type 'string' - no error
// ✅ Use
type BaseColor = 'blue' | 'red' | 'yellow' | 'gray';
type Variant = 50 | 100 | 200 | 300 | 400;
// Type blue-50, blue-100, blue-200, blue-300, blue-400, red-50, red-100, #AD3128 ...
type Color = `${BaseColor}-${Variant}` | `#${string}`;

Type any & unknown

any data type must not be used as it represents literally “any” value that TypeScript defaults to and skips type checking since it cannot infer the type. As such, any is dangerous, it can mask severe programming errors.

When dealing with ambiguous data type use unknown, which is the type-safe counterpart of any.
unknown doesn't allow dereferencing all properties (anything can be assigned to unknown, but unknown isn’t assignable to anything).

// ❌ Avoid any
const foo: any = 'five';
const bar: number = foo; // no type error

// ✅ Use unknown
const foo: unknown = 5;
const bar: number = foo; // type error - Type 'unknown' is not assignable to type 'number'

// Narrow the type before dereferencing it using:
// Type guard
const isNumber = (num: unknown): num is number => {
return typeof num === 'number';
if (!isNumber(foo)) {
throw Error(`API provided a fault value for field 'foo':${foo}. Should be a number!`);
const bar: number = foo;

// Type assertion
const bar: number = foo as number;

Type & Non-nullability Assertions

Type assertions user as User and non-nullability assertions user!.name are unsafe. Both only silence TypeScript compiler and increase the risk of crashing application at runtime.
They can only be used as an exception (e.g. third party library types mismatch, dereferencing unknown etc.) with strong rational why being introduced into codebase.

type User = { id: string; username: string; avatar: string | null };
// ❌ Avoid type assertions
const user = { name: 'Nika' } as User;
// ❌ Avoid non-nullability assertions
renderUserAvatar(user!.avatar); // Runtime error

const renderUserAvatar = (avatar: string) => {...}

Type Error

If TypeScript error can't be mitigated, as last resort use @ts-expect-error to suppress it (eslint rule). If at any future point suppressed line becomes error-free, TypeScript compiler will indicate it.
@ts-ignore is not allowed, where @ts-expect-error must be used with provided description (eslint rule).

// ❌ Avoid @ts-ignore
// @ts-ignore
const newUser = createUser('Gabriel');

// ✅ Use @ts-expect-error with description
// @ts-expect-error: The library definition is wrong, createUser accepts string as an argument.
const newUser = createUser('Gabriel');

Type Definition

TypeScript offers two options for type definitions - type and interface. As they come with some functional differences in most cases they can be used interchangeably. We try to limit syntax difference and pick one for consistency.

All types must be defined with type alias (eslint rule).

// ❌ Avoid interface definitions
interface UserRole = 'admin' | 'guest'; // invalid - interface can't define (commonly used) type unions

interface UserInfo {
name: string;
role: 'admin' | 'guest';

// ✅ Use type definition
type UserRole = 'admin' | 'guest';

type UserInfo = {
name: string;
role: UserRole;

In case of declaration merging (e.g. extending third-party library types) use interface and disable lint rule.

// types.ts
declare namespace NodeJS {
// eslint-disable-next-line @typescript-eslint/consistent-type-definitions
export interface ProcessEnv {
NODE_ENV: 'development' | 'production';
PORT: string;

// server.ts
app.listen(process.env.PORT, () => {...}

Array Types

Array types must be defined with generic syntax (eslint rule).

// ❌ Avoid
const x: string[] = ['foo', 'bar'];
const y: readonly string[] = ['foo', 'bar'];

// ✅ Use
const x: Array<string> = ['foo', 'bar'];
const y: ReadonlyArray<string> = ['foo', 'bar'];


Function conventions should be followed as much as possible (some of the conventions derives from functional programming basic concepts):



  • should have single responsibility.
  • should be stateless where the same input arguments return same value every single time.
  • should accept at least one argument and return data.
  • should not have side effects, but be pure. It's implementation should not modify or access variable value outside its local environment (global state, fetching etc.).

Single Object Arg

To keep function readable and easily extensible for the future (adding/removing args), strive to have single object as the function arg, instead of multiple args.
As exception this does not apply when having only one primitive single arg (e.g. simple functions isNumber(value), implementing currying etc.).

// ❌ Avoid having multiple arguments
transformUserInput('client', false, 60, 120, null, true, 2000);

// ✅ Use options object as argument
method: 'client',
isValidated: false,
minLines: 60,
maxLines: 120,
defaultInput: null,
shouldLog: true,
timeout: 2000,

Required & Optional Args

Strive to have majority of args required and use optional sparingly.
If function becomes to complex it probably should be broken into smaller pieces.
An exaggerated example where implementing 10 functions with 5 required args each, is better then implementing one "can do it all" function that accepts 50 optional args.

Args as Discriminated Union

When applicable use discriminated union type to eliminate optional args, which will decrease complexity on function API and only necessary/required args will be passed depending on its use case.

// ❌ Avoid optional args as they increase complexity of function API
type StatusParams = {
data?: Products;
title?: string;
time?: number;
error?: string;

// ✅ Strive to have majority of args required, if that's not possible,
// use discriminated union for clear intent on function usage
type StatusParamsSuccess = {
status: 'success';
data: Products;
title: string;

type StatusParamsLoading = {
status: 'loading';
time: number;

type StatusParamsError = {
status: 'error';
error: string;

type StatusParams = StatusSuccess | StatusLoading | StatusError;

export const parseStatus = (params: StatusParams) => {...


Const Assertion

Strive to use const assertion as const:

  • type is narrowed

  • object gets readonly properties

  • array becomes readonly tuple

    // ❌ Avoid declaring constants without const assertion
    const FOO_LOCATION = { x: 50, y: 130 }; // Type { x: number; y: number; }
    FOO_LOCATION.x = 10;
    const BAR_LOCATION = [50, 130]; // Type number[]
    const RATE_LIMIT = 25;
    // RATE_LIMIT_MESSAGE type - string
    const RATE_LIMIT_MESSAGE = `Rate limit exceeded! Max number of requests/min is ${RATE_LIMIT}.`;

    // ✅ Use const assertion
    const FOO_LOCATION = { x: 50, y: 130 } as const; // Type '{ readonly x: 50; readonly y: 130; }'
    FOO_LOCATION.x = 10; // Error
    const BAR_LOCATION = [50, 130] as const; // Type 'readonly [10, 20]'
    BAR_LOCATION.push(10); // Error
    const RATE_LIMIT = 25;
    // RATE_LIMIT_MESSAGE type - 'Rate limit exceeded! Max number of requests/min is 25.'
    const RATE_LIMIT_MESSAGE = `Rate limit exceeded! Max number of requests/min is ${RATE_LIMIT}.` as const;
  • exhaustiveness check, code implements all possible type values (eslint rule)

    const shapes = [
    { kind: 'square', size: 7 },
    { kind: 'rectangle', width: 12, height: 6 },
    { kind: 'circle', radius: 23 },
    ] as const;

    type Shape = (typeof shapes)[number];

    const getShapeArea = (shape: Shape) => {
    // Error - Switch is not exhaustive. Cases not matched: "circle"
    switch (shape.kind) {
    case 'square':
    return shape.size * shape.size;
    case 'rectangle':
    return shape.width * shape.size; // Error - Property 'size' does not exist on type 'rectangle'

Enums & Const Assertion

Const assertion must be used over enum.

While enums can still cover use cases as const assertion would, we tend to avoid it. Some of the reasonings as mentioned in TypeScript documentation - Const enum pitfalls, Objects vs Enums, Reverse mappings...

// ❌ Avoid using enums
enum UserRole {

enum Color {
PRIMARY = '#B33930',
SECONDARY = '#113A5C',
BRAND = '#9C0E7D',

// ✅ Use const assertion
const USER_ROLES = ['guest', 'moderator', 'administrator'] as const;
type UserRole = (typeof USER_ROLES)[number]; // Type "guest" | "moderator" | "administrator"

// Use satisfies if UserRole type is already defined - e.g. database schema model
type UserRoleDB = ReadonlyArray<'guest' | 'moderator' | 'administrator'>;
const AVAILABLE_ROLES = ['guest', 'moderator'] as const satisfies UserRoleDB;

const COLOR = {
primary: '#B33930',
secondary: '#113A5C',
brand: '#9C0E7D',
} as const;
type Color = typeof COLOR;
type ColorKey = keyof Color; // Type "PRIMARY" | "SECONDARY" | "BRAND"
type ColorValue = Color[ColorKey]; // Type "#B33930" | "#113A5C" | "#9C0E7D"

Null & Undefined

In TypeScript types null and undefined many times can be used interchangeably.
Strive to:

  • Use null to explicitly state it has no value - assignment, return function type etc.
  • Use undefined assignment when the value doesn't exist. E.g. exclude fields in form, request payload, database query (Prisma differentiation)...


Strive to keep naming conventions consistent and readable, with important context provided, because another person will maintain the code you have written.

Named Export

Named exports must be used to ensure that all imports follow a uniform pattern (eslint rule).
This keeps variables, functions... names consistent across the entire codebase.
Named exports have the benefit of erroring when import statements try to import something that hasn't been declared.

In case of exceptions e.g. Next.js pages, disable rule:

// .eslintrc.js
overrides: [
files: ["src/pages/**/*"],
rules: { "import/no-default-export": "off" },

Naming Conventions

While it's often hard to find the best name, try optimize code for consistency and future reader by following conventions:


  • Locals
    Camel case
    products, productsFiltered

  • Booleans
    Prefixed with is, has etc.
    isDisabled, hasProduct

  • Constants

  • Object constants

    Singular, capitalized with const assertion and optionally satisfies type (if there is one).

    const ORDER_STATUS = {
    pending: 'pending',
    fulfilled: 'fulfilled',
    error: 'error',
    } as const satisfies OrderStatus;


Camel case
filterProductsByType, formatCurrency


A name starts with the capital letter T TRequest, TFooBar (similar to .Net internal implementation).
Avoid (popular convention) naming generics with one character T, K etc., the more variables we introduce, the easier it is to mistake them.

// ❌ Avoid naming generics with one character
const createPair = <T, K extends string>(first: T, second: K): [T, K] => {
return [first, second];
const pair = createPair(1, 'a');

// ✅ Name starts with the capital letter T
const createPair = <TFirst, TSecond extends string>(first: TFirst, second: TSecond): [TFirst, TSecond] => {
return [first, second];
const pair = createPair(1, 'a');

Eslint rule implements:

// .eslintrc.js
'@typescript-eslint/naming-convention': [
selector: 'typeParameter',
format: ['PascalCase'],
custom: { regex: '^T[A-Z]', match: true },

Abbreviations & Acronyms

Treat acronyms as whole words, with capitalized first letter only.

// ❌ Avoid
const FAQList = ['qa-1', 'qa-2'];
const generateUserURL(params) => {...}

// ✅ Use
const FaqList = ['qa-1', 'qa-2'];
const generateUserUrl(params) => {...}

In favor of readability, strive to avoid abbreviations, unless they are widely accepted and necessary.

// ❌ Avoid
const GetWin(params) => {...}

// ✅ Use
const GetWindow(params) => {...}

React Components

Pascal case
ProductItem, ProductsPage

Prop Types

React component name following "Props" postfix
[ComponentName]Props - ProductItemProps, ProductsPageProps

Callback Props

Event handler (callback) props are prefixed as on* - e.g. onClick.
Event handler implementation functions are prefixed as handle* - e.g. handleClick (eslint rule).

// ❌ Avoid inconsistent callback prop naming
<Button click={actionClick} />
<MyComponent userSelectedOccurred={triggerUser} />

// ✅ Use prop prefix 'on*' and handler prefix 'handle*'
<Button onClick={handleClick} />
<MyComponent onUserSelected={handleUserSelected} />

React Hooks

Camel case, prefixed as 'use' (eslint rule), symmetrically convention as [value, setValue] = useState() (eslint rule)

// ❌ Avoid inconsistent useState hook naming
const [userName, setUser] = useState();
const [color, updateColor] = useState();
const [isActive, setActive] = useState();

// ✅ Use
const [name, setName] = useState();
const [color, setColor] = useState();
const [isActive, setIsActive] = useState();

Custom hook must always return an object:

// ❌ Avoid
const [products, errors] = useGetProducts();
const [fontSizes] = useTheme();

// ✅ Use
const { products, errors } = useGetProducts();
const { fontSizes } = useTheme();


In general try to avoid comments, by writing expressive code and name things what they are.

Use comments when you need to add context or explain choices that cannot be expressed through code (e.g. config files).
Comments should always be complete sentences. As rule of thumb try to explain why in comments, not how and what.

// ❌ Avoid
// convert to minutes
const m = s * 60;
// avg users per minute
const myAvg = u / m;

// ✅ Use
const minutes = seconds * SECONDS_IN_MINUTE;
const averageUsersPerMinute = noOfUsers / minutes;

// TODO: Filtering should be moved to the backend once API changes are released.
// Issue/PR -
const filteredUsers = frontendFiltering(selectedUsers);

// Use Fourier transformation to minimize information loss -
const frequencies = signal.FFT();

Source Organization

Code Collocation

  • Every application or package in monorepo has project files/folders organized and grouped by feature.
  • Collocate code as close as possible to where it's relevant.
  • Deep folder nesting should not represent an issue.


Import paths can be relative, starting with ./ or ../, or they can be absolute @common/utils.

To make import statements more readable and easier to understand:

  • Relative imports ./sortItems must be used when importing files within the same feature, that are 'close' to each other, which also allows moving feature around the codebase without introducing changes in these imports.
  • Absolute imports @common/utils must be used in all other cases.
  • All imports must be auto sorted by tooling e.g. prettier-plugin-sort-imports, eslint-plugin-import...
// ❌ Avoid
import { bar, foo } from '../../../../../../distant-folder';

// ✅ Use
import { locationApi } from '@api/locationApi';

import { foo } from '../../foo';
import { bar } from '../bar';
import { baz } from './baz';

Project Structure

Example frontend monorepo project, where every application has following file/folder structure:

├─ product-manager/
│ ├─ common/
│ │ ├─ components/
│ │ │ ├─ Button/
│ │ │ ├─ ProductTitle/
│ │ │ ├─ ...
│ │ │ └─ index.tsx
│ │ ├─ consts/
│ │ │ ├─ paths.ts
│ │ │ └─ ...
│ │ ├─ hooks/
│ │ └─ types/
│ ├─ modules/
│ │ ├─ HomePage/
│ │ ├─ ProductAddPage/
│ │ ├─ ProductPage/
│ │ ├─ ProductsPage/
│ │ │ ├─ api/
│ │ │ │ └─ useGetProducts/
│ │ │ ├─ components/
│ │ │ │ ├─ ProductItem/
│ │ │ │ ├─ ProductsStatistics/
│ │ │ │ └─ ...
│ │ │ ├─ utils/
│ │ │ │ └─ filterProductsByType/
│ │ │ └─ index.tsx
│ │ ├─ ...
│ │ └─ index.tsx
│ ├─ eslintrc.js
│ ├─ package.json
│ └─ tsconfig.json
├─ warehouse/
├─ admin-dashboard/
└─ ...
  • modules folder is responsible for implementation of each individual page, where all custom features for that page are being implemented (components, hooks, utils functions etc.).
  • common folder is responsible for implementations that are truly used across application. Since it's a "global folder" it should be used sparingly.
    If same component e.g. common/components/ProductTitle starts being used on more than one page, it shall be moved to common folder.

In case using frontend framework with file-system based router (e.g. Nextjs), pages folder serves only as a router, where its responsibility is to define routes (no business logic implementation).

Appendix - React

Since React components and hooks are also functions, respective function conventions applies.

Required & Optional Props

Strive to have majority of props required and use optional sparingly.

Especially when creating new component for first/single use case majority of props should be required. When component starts covering more use cases, introduce optional props.
There are potential exceptions, where component API needs to implement optional props from the start (e.g. shared components covering multiple use cases, UI design system components - button isDisabled etc.)

If component/hook becomes to complex it probably should be broken into smaller pieces.
An exaggerated example where implementing 10 React components with 5 required props each, is better then implementing one "can do it all" component that accepts 50 optional props.

Props as Discriminated Type

When applicable use discriminated type to eliminate optional props, which will decrease complexity on component API and only necessary/required props will be passed depending on its use case.

// ❌ Avoid optional props as they increase complexity of component API
type StatusProps = {
data?: Products;
title?: string;
time?: number;
error?: string;

// ✅ Strive to have majority of props required, if that's not possible,
// use discriminated union for clear intent on component usage
type StatusSuccess = {
status: 'success';
data: Products;
title: string;

type StatusLoading = {
status: 'loading';
time: number;

type StatusError = {
status: 'error';
error: string;

type StatusProps = StatusSuccess | StatusLoading | StatusError;

export const Status = (status: StatusProps) => {...

Props To State

In general avoid using props to state, since component will not update on prop changes. It can lead to bugs that are hard to track, with unintended side effects and difficulty testing.
When there is truly a use case for using prop in initial state, prop must be prefixed with initial (e.g. initialProduct, initialSort etc.)

// ❌ Avoid using props to state
type FooProps = {
productName: string;
userId: string;

export const Foo = ({ productName, userId }: FooProps) => {
const [productName, setProductName] = useState(productName);

// ✅ Use prop prefix `initial`, when there is a rational use case for it
type FooProps = {
initialProductName: string;
userId: string;

export const Foo = ({ initialProductName, userId }: FooProps) => {
const [productName, setProductName] = useState(initialProductName);

Props Type

// ❌ Avoid using React.FC type
type FooProps = {
name: string;
score: number;

export const Foo: React.FC<FooProps> = ({ name, score }) => {

// ✅ Use props argument with type
type FooProps = {
name: string;
score: number;

export const Foo = ({ name, score }: FooProps) => {...

Component Types


  • All container components have postfix "Container" or "Page" [ComponentName]Container|Page. Use "Page" postfix to indicate component is an actual web page.
  • Each feature has a container component (AddUserContainer.tsx, EditProductContainer.tsx, ProductsPage.tsx etc.)
  • Includes business logic.
  • API integration.
  • Structure:
    ├─ api/
    │ └─ useGetProducts/
    ├─ components/
    │ └─ ProductItem/
    ├─ utils/
    │ └─ filterProductsByType/
    └─ index.tsx

UI - Feature

  • Representational components that are designed to fulfill feature requirements.
  • Nested inside container component folder.
  • Should follow functions conventions as much as possible.
  • No API integration.
  • Structure:
    ├─ index.tsx
    ├─ ProductItem.stories.tsx
    └─ ProductItem.test.tsx

UI - Design system

  • Global Reusable/shared components used throughout whole codebase.
  • Structure:
    ├─ index.tsx
    ├─ Button.stories.tsx
    └─ Button.test.tsx

Store & Pass Data

  • Utilize storing state in the URL, especially for filtering, sorting etc.

  • Don't sync URL state with local state.

  • Consider passing data simply through props, using the URL, or composing children. Use global state (Zustand, Context) as a last resort.

  • Use React compound components when components should belong and work together: menu, accordion,navigation, tabs, list,...
    Always export compound components as:

    // PriceList.tsx
    const PriceListRoot = ({ children }) => <ul>{children}</ul>;
    const PriceListItem = ({ title, amount }) => <li>Name: {name} - Amount: {amount}<li/>;

    // ❌
    export const PriceList = {
    Container: PriceListRoot,
    Item: PriceListItem,
    // ❌
    PriceList.Item = Item;
    export default PriceList;

    // ✅
    export const PriceList = PriceListRoot as typeof PriceListRoot & {
    Item: typeof PriceListItem;
    PriceList.Item = PriceListItem;

    // App.tsx
    import { PriceList } from "./PriceList";

    <PriceList.Item title="Item 1" amount={8} />
    <PriceList.Item title="Item 2" amount={12} />
  • UI components should show derived state and send events, nothing more.

  • As in many programming languages functions args can be passed to the next function and on to the next etc.
    React components are no different, where prop drilling should not become an issue.
    If with app scaling prop drilling truly becomes an issue, try to refactor render method, local states in parent components, using composition etc.

  • Data fetching is only allowed in container components.

  • Use of server-state library is encouraged (react-query, apollo client...).

  • Use of client-state library for global state is discouraged.
    Reconsider if something should be truly global across application, e.g. themeMode, Permissions or even that can be put in server-state (e.g. user settings - /me endpoint). If still global state is truly needed use Zustand or Context.

Appendix - Tests

What & How To Test

Automated test comes with benefits that helps us write better code and makes it easy to refactor, while bugs are caught earlier in the process.
Consider trade-offs of what and how to test to achieve confidence application is working as intended, while writing and maintaining tests doesn't slow the team down.

✅ Do:

  • Implement test to be short, explicit, and pleasant to work with. Intent of a test should be immediately visible.
  • Strive to write tests in a way your app/package is used by a user, meaning test business logic.
    E.g. given some user input, they receive the expected output for a process.
  • Make tests as isolated as possible, where they don't depend on order of execution and should run independently with its own local storage, session storage, data, cookies etc. Test isolation improves reproducibility, makes debugging easier and prevents cascading test failures.
  • Tests should be resilient to changes.

❌ Don't:

  • Don't test implementation details. When refactoring code, tests shouldn't change.

  • Don't re-test the library/framework.

  • Don't mandate 100% code coverage for applications.

  • Don't test third-party dependencies. Only test what your team controls (package, API, microservice etc.). Don't test external sites links, third party servers, packages etc.

  • Don't test just to test.

    // ❌ Avoid
    it('should render user list', () => {
    render(<UserList />);
    expect(screen.getByText('Users List')).toBeInTheDocument();

Test Description

All test descriptions must follow naming convention as it('should ... when ...').
Eslint rule implements regex:

// .eslintrc.js
'jest/valid-title': [
mustMatch: { it: [/should.*when/u.source, "Test title must include 'should' and 'when'"] },
// ❌ Avoid
it('accepts ISO date format where date is parsed and formatted as YYYY-MM');
it('after title is confirmed user description is rendered');

// ✅ Name test description as it('should ... when ...')
it('should return parsed date as YYYY-MM when input is in ISO date format');
it('should render user description when title is confirmed');

Test Tooling

Tests can be run through npm scripts, but to improve development experience it's highly encouraged to use Jest Runner and Playwright Test VS code extension so any single unit/integration or E2E test can be run instantly, especially if testing app/package in larger monorepo codebase.

code --install-extension firsttris.vscode-jest-runner
code --install-extension ms-playwright.playwright


Snapshot tests are discouraged in order to avoid fragility, which leads to "just update it" turn of mind, to achieve all the tests pass.
Exceptions can be made, with strong rational behind it, where test output has short and clear intent, what's actually being tested (e.g. design system library critical elements that shouldn't deviate).