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Laszlo Gyori

gRPC vs. REST: Getting Started With the Best API Protocol

by Laszlo Gyori
gRPC, REST’s up-and-coming competitor, approaches synchronous communication from another angle, offering protocol buffers and typed contracts. What does that mean for your project?
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Gabor Molnar

NFTs for Designers: An Introduction

by Gabor Molnar
The global NFT market relies on designers to support artists, Web3 platforms and marketplaces, and major global brands. Toptal designer Gabor Molnar offers insights from his experience breaking into this emerging field.
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Erik Stettler

Redefining Retirement: The Benefits of Freelancing After 60

by Erik Stettler
Modern freelancing is easier and more rewarding than older workers may think. Toptal’s chief economist breaks down the advantages of freelancing in semiretirement.
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Rudolf Eremyan

Efficiency at Scale: A Tale of AWS Cost Optimization

by Rudolf Eremyan
Understanding total spend is a common challenge for cloud users, especially on projects with complex pricing models. This article explores the top AWS cost optimizations that will help you scale your platform effectively.
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Gemma Busquets

Designing GitHub’s Octoverse: A Data Visualization Case Study

by Gemma Busquets
Designer Gemma Busquets shares how she created a responsive website and 20+ engaging charts and graphs for the software development platform’s annual report.
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Gints Ziverts

Crucial Considerations for Aspiring Fintech UX Designers

by Gints Ziverts
Designing fintech products requires more than great UX/UI skills—you need to understand finance too. Here’s what designers need to know to get started.
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Umar Ali

What Is Agile? A Philosophy That Develops Through Practice

by Umar Ali
Agile’s flexibility is attractive, but its lack of specificity leads teams to misinterpret its applications. Agile expert Umar Ali explains how he helps teams prioritize values over practices.
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Laurence Brothers

4 Bold Predictions About the Metaverse and Business

by Laurence Brothers
The so-called “future of the internet” isn’t here yet, but it’s coming soon. Here’s how to start preparing your company for impending metaverse growth.
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Arjaan Buijk

Optimize Your Environment for Development and Production: A Pydantic Tutorial, Part 2

by Arjaan Buijk
Learn how to develop a Django application coupled with pydantic where the development environment matches production.
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