Typescript: Preventing generic string keyed objects from overlapping with Arrays

 This was a bit of a doozy and took me the better half of a day to find a semi decent fix for it.

Here's the unsuspecting use case and why it caused problems (try it out on Typescript playground)

  • SingleConfig and MultiConfig are different types. One is a single object value, the other is an array of that.
  • conditionalReturn() returns either one of those depending on the input.
  • onlyWorksWithSingleConfig() as the name states will only work with an instance of SingleConfig
  • Typescript doesn't seem to detect an issue when using onlyWorksWithSingleConfig() with the result from conditionalReturn()

Why? Because Javascript is a hot mess when Arrays are considered to be objects. It is possible that Typescript allows that behaviour because Javascript arrays are keyed by strings (not numbers) so it will fit the type interface specified by SingleConfig.

For instance, look at this output.

So now that we have a possible reason why this is allowed in Typescript, how can we prevent it?

Attempt 1 - use type guards

As documented here, I tried using them to enforce some sort of sanity. It did not work.

Attempt 2 - disallow [index: number] in SingleConfig

I found this on StackOverflow and thought it was an elegant solution to the problem, however quickly realised it broke a valid use case where this syntax would be marked as incorrect.

Attempt 3 - Disallow "random array prototype member" ✔

A smart fellow at work suggested being a bit more specific with the "never" clause.

Instead of trying to capture all the cases, why not filter out a specific case, like "length"? (Just to be safe, I used something a bit more weird like "lastIndexOf" to avoid potential issues)

And it worked! Just like that, Typescript is now correctly detecting the two separate types.

It even fixed up the type guard function isSingleType() !

Android: How to disable Chrome's useless share menu (aka the "Chrome Sharing Hub")

Note: this flag should also work on Chrome derived browsers such as Brave and Vivaldi.

It's frustrating when a company like Google tries to be all user-friendly up in your face by adding extra steps to what used to be a simple workflow.


  • Click share button
  • Choose app to share to
  • Click share button
  • Scroll through horizontal list of apps (which has no visual clue to indicate that you can scroll)
  • Click on "More ..."
  • Find the app you want to share to

 I know it isn't that much but its a chore, so lets kill it.

This fucken thign right here.

Steps to disable

  • Open a new tab
  • Go to chrome://flags/#chrome-sharing-hub
  • Double check you're looking at "Chrome Sharing Hub"
  • Click on "default" for that setting
  • Change it to "disabled"
  • I also changed the setting for "Chrome Sharing Hub V1.5" but not sure if its needed


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