Documentation for Ionic 1 + Typscript + Cordova?


I would like to use the cordova contacts plugin in my app, which is written in typescript but using ionic 1. Unfortunately, I did not manage to dig a good instructions on how to load and use cordova plugins in this combination. I did find this example project here, but it is very complex and rather overwhelming. So my question is if anybody could point me to a good resource for Ionic 1 + Typescript + Cordova? Also, some best-practices concerning the mocking of the cordova plugins when developing in the browser would be awesome!