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The 10 Most Common Mistakes Web Developers Make: A Tutorial for Developers

by Demir Selmanovic

Today we have thousands of digital and printed resources that provide step-by-step instructions about developing all kinds of different web applications. Development environments are "smart" enough to catch and fix many mistakes that early developers battled with regularly. There are even many different development platforms that easily turn simple static HTML pages into highly interactive applications. All of these development patterns, practices, and platforms share common ground, and they are all prone to similar mistakes caused by the very nature of web applications.

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Introducing Hoodie: Full Stack Development for Front-End Developers

by Alvaro Oliveira

Hoodie is a progressive new library for front-end developers that adopts some remarkable new philosophies. Hoodie puts the control over app design completely in the hands of the front-end developers and user-experience experts, and frees users from the bonds of un-interruptible connectivity.

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MetaDapper: Data Mapping and Conversion Made Easy With the Right Tools

by Richard Rozsa

Data conversion, translation, and mapping is by no means rocket science, but it is by all means tedious. This article introduces MetaDapper, a .NET library that strives to simplify, streamline, and automate the data conversion process to the greatest extent possible.

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A Tutorial for Aspiring Google Glass Developers: Building Your First Glass App

by Demir Selmanovic

Google Glass promises to revolutionize how we use our devices to interact with the world. But from a developer's standpoint, what is so special about developing for the Glass? You'll be glad to know that the answer is "Nothing!" Here's a step-by-step tutorial that walks you through developing your first Google Glass app.

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Scala vs. Java: Why Should I Learn Scala?

by Matt Hicks

The popularity and usage of Scala is rapidly on the rise, as evidenced by the ever-increasing number of open positions for Scala developers. In this article, Toptal engineer Matt Hicks introduces you to the power and capabilities of the Scala language.

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A Guide to Scientific Computing with Open Source Tools

by Charles Cook, Ph.D.

Scientific computing is hard. But thanks to an ever-growing landscape of open source tools, really tough problems are becoming easier to solve. Toptal engineer Charles Cook provides an in-depth example, leveraging open source tools to solve a problem in computational fluid dynamics.

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An Introduction to Machine Learning Theory and Its Applications: A Visual Tutorial with Examples

by Nick McCrea

This Machine Learning tutorial introduces the basics of ML theory, laying down the common themes and concepts, making it easy to follow the logic and get comfortable with the topic.

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My CakePHP 3 Review – Still Fresh, Still Hot

by Michael Houghton

The Cake development team considers CakePHP 3 to be a game changer. With the alpha version of CakePHP 3 now hot out of the oven, this article takes a fresh look at CakePHP as an effective modern framework for PHP development.

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Buggy JavaScript Code: The 10 Most Common Mistakes JavaScript Developers Make

by Ryan J. Peterson

At first blush, JavaScript may seem quite simple. Yet the language is significantly more nuanced, powerful, and complex than one would initially be lead to believe. Many of JavaScript's subtleties lead to a number of common mistakes -- 10 of which we discuss here -- that are important to be aware of and avoid in one's quest to become a master JavaScript developer.

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