Hi all, we are investigating the use of Elastic Cloud and additionally the use of App Search.
Our journey so far has been a bit bumpy, and I'm looking for opinions from folks already using the services in production. It seems the support for Typescript is often lacking or broken? The @elastic/enterprise-search nodeJS client has been in beta for quite a while now, even though other clients have been deprecated already.
Are you using Typescript with Elastic Cloud? In general, is it working for you? Is your experience a good one?
Thx in advance for opinions. Just looking for info to help decide if we keep going or abandon chasing this solution.
I've done a little digging, and found that the reason the Typescript client hasn't moved out of Beta is simply that we don't currently have a dedicated someone on our Language Clients team to own this project right now. I was going to suggest that if you have any concrete issues with the client that you please file a github issue, but it seems that you already have! So thank you.
While I try to track down a maintainer to help address the bug you've raised, I'll point out that there's no "magic" to any of our language clients. Enterprise Search just uses REST APIs with some pretty standard auth mechanisms. If it's easier, you can use your favorite REST library/framework to send your requests.
Hi @Sean_Story, thanks for your response and looking into this.
The deprecated client I was referring to was this one @elastic/app-search-node. It refers people to the new client that is only in beta.
Unfortunately, the typescript compilation issues we've reported about the beta client via support ticket were deemed a feature request, so I guess we will re-evaluate our options. Fork the beta client ourselves and work with it, roll our own wrapper around REST requests as you suggested, or defer adopting Enterprise Search App Search until it matures.
Fork the beta client ourselves and work with it, roll our own wrapper around REST requests as you suggested, or defer adopting Enterprise Search App Search until it matures.
I'd encourage you to choose one of the former. While we don't have the perfect Typescript client right now, we also don't have a Golang client, or a Java client, or many other popular languages. But this doesn't mean that App Search itself is not mature, just that we don't have the available language expertise to build and maintain all the languages we wish we could.
App Search is a product that has been growing and maturing for years. It was part of swiftype.com before its acquisition, and was introduced into the Elastic stack with 7.6.0, over 3 years ago.
@Troy_Farrell, I want to call out that this discuss post had a large impact on getting the client pushed through the Beta phase. Thank you for raising this, and engaging with us, and helping all its future users.