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Solving Bottlenecks With SQL Indexes and Partitions

by Mirko Marović

Indexes and partitioning can help with SQL performance, but they're not cure-alls. Through everyday examples of date range and LIKE queries, find out how to "think like an RDBMS" to make yours run faster.

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A Deep Dive Into NgRx Advantages and Features

by Luka Onikadze

NgRx is a popular Angular state management library, but to unlock its full potential developers may require a few new skills. In this article, Toptal Full-stack Developer Luka Onikadze explains why he became an NgRx admirer after starting off as a skeptic.

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The Right Mix: Blending Remote Cultures After a Merger or Acquisition

by June Bell

Bringing together two businesses and their distinct cultures can be especially tricky when workforces are remote. Cultural due diligence and active listening can help ensure a unified operation.

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A Day in the Life of an Engineering Manager

by Karl Hughes

Engineering managers tend to have a wide range of responsibilities. In this article, Karl Hughes, founder of Draft.dev, shares what a typical day in the life of an engineering manager looks like.

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Toptal Webinar: How to Build and Scale a Remote Engineering Team

by Toptal Publications

Building and scaling engineering teams is more complicated than just hiring additional people. As teams grow, everything has to change. In the latest on-demand Toptal Webinar, our Vice President of R&D Bozhidar Batsov and Chief People Officer Michelle Labbe discuss how to build and scale best-in-class engineering teams.

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Scrum Master vs. Agile Coach: Why Successful Transformations Need Both

by Tony Amos

During an Agile transformation, leaders often assume that the Agile coach role can be undertaken by a Scrum master. While they share similar traits, these roles have scopes that differ greatly.

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How to Lead Fewer, Better Meetings in 2021 and Beyond

by Matthew M.F. Miller

Author Daniel Stillman shares tips every leader needs to improve the organizational communication issues plaguing suddenly remote teams.

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Picasso: How to Test a Component Library

by Boris Yordanov

Testing can be a daunting task even for experienced teams with an abundance of resources. How do Toptal developers write tests and what do they use? In this article, Toptal React Developer Boris Yordanov introduces you to Picasso, a component library designed by our developers for in-house use.

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The Widening Impact of the Motion Design Industry

by Micah Bowers

What does the motion design industry encompass, how does motion design impact business, and what problems are motion designers uniquely equipped to solve?

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