Important update: RxJS 5.5 brought us Lettable Operators that eliminate some of the problems noted below. If you can update to TypeScript 2.4, RxJS 5.5, Angular 5 and Angular CLI 1.5, you should definitely go with Lettable Operators.
Angular has some third-party dependencies, one of which is RxJS, a library which makes reactive programming very easy to use. The library is obtained as an npm package. In order to use functionality from the RxJS library, it has to be imported first. So before you can use an operator such as
map in the following snippet, it has to be imported:
route.params .map(params => params.id) .subscribe(id => console.log(id));
Whereas IDEs such as WebStorm (prior to 2017.2) or Visual Studio Code do a good job for auto-importing symbols, they don’t suggest anything at all for RxJS symbols. Both IDEs simply print the following error message from TypeScript:
Property ‘map’ does not exist on type ‘Observable’.