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Apple M1 Processor Overview and Compatibility

by Nermin Hajdarbegović

The Apple M1 processor represents a significant step forward for Apple, but what does it mean for developers, designers, and other professionals using Apple hardware? In this article, Toptal Engineering Blog Editor Nermin Hajdarbegovic outlines what makes the M1 different and what professionals need to keep in mind should they choose to upgrade their hardware.

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The Definitive Guide to DateTime Manipulation

by Punit Jajodia

Time and date manipulation is notoriously difficult. Developers encountering time zone rules, leap seconds, differences in locale-specific formatting are wise to resort to popular time and date manipulation libraries. But without thinking about how exactly they work, it's still easy to create all sorts of obscure bugs.

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Landing Page Best Practices (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

It takes more than clever copy and visuals to compel conversion. Landing page best practices help designers craft content that is relevant, convincing, and optimized to make value instantly apparent.

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Showcase Your Skills – How to Make a Portfolio

by Miklos Philips

Many designers grapple with how to create the perfect portfolio. By following best practices and the advice of industry professionals, they can craft portfolios that make their skills shine.

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Enhanced Git Flow Explained

by Daniel Ivanov

Git provides basic branching operations, but advanced patterns are left up to the user. The popular "Git flow" branching model helps, but can also complicate some common procedures. Thankfully, a new variation retains the benefits, while streamlining everyday work.

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A Field Guide to DesignOps

by Micah Bowers

DesignOps is a mindset that frees designers to focus on problem-solving. The approach allows staff to optimize processes and ensure that design is an integral part of organizational strategy.

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Productive XD Prototyping – An Adobe XD Components Tutorial

by Edward Moore

Adobe XD components empower designers with powerful features. Still, they're quirky and need special care. This Adobe XD tutorial shows designers how to leverage them to streamline their workflows.

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On-demand Reactivity in Vue 3

by Luka Mikec

The release of Vue 3 brought about substantial performance improvements, but they should not overshadow the introduction of new features and paradigms. In this article, Toptal Full-stack Developer Luka Mikec introduces you to the new Composition API and explains what Vue 3 means for code expressiveness, organization, and reuse.

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Building a Node.js/TypeScript REST API, Part 1: Express.js

by Marcos Henrique da Silva

Learn practical TypeScript patterns with interfaces and extended classes. Avoid messy console.log() statements with Winston and the Node.js debug module. Create an Express.js-powered REST API back end from scratch!

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