# Types

The following covers the definition of type and their composition and type expressions.

There are three different kinds of type definitions in TreeLDR:

The empty type is defined by simply declaring the name of the type directly followed by a semicolon.

// Empty type.

type MyType;

A normal type also declares properties that can be applied to the instances of this type. Properties are listed inside the definition between braces:

// Normal type.

type MyType {

property1: Type1,

// ...

propertyN: TypeN

}

The type of each property is specified after a colon

`:`

using a *type expression*. If a property listed in the definition is declared outside the type definition, it is not required to specify the type of the property again.Lastly, it is possible to define type aliases. Such a type is defined using a

*type expression*.type MyType = TypeExpression;

A type expression is a composition of existing types by union, intersection and restriction.

The union between two or more types is expressed using the

`|`

operator.TypeA | ... | TypeN

An instance of this type is also an instance of at least one of the listed sub-types.

The intersection between two or more types is expressed using the

`&`

operator.TypeA & ... & TypeN

An instance of this type is also an instance of all the listed sub-types.

Range restrictions are used to select a subset of a type by restricting the range of one of its properties. There are two kinds of range restrictions: universal and existential.

A universal range restriction is built using the

`all`

keyword:all someProperty: RestrictedType

This denotes the type of all values such that all objects of

`someProperty`

are instances of `RestrictedType`

.Similarly, the existential range restriction is built using the

`any`

keyword:any someProperty: RestrictionType

This denotes the type of all values such that at least one object of

`someProperty`

is an instance of `RestrictedType`

.Range restrictions are usually part of an intersection:

Type & all someProperty: RestrictionType

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