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Smart Node.js Form Validation

Bulletproof data validation is fundamental to implementing a back-end API. Find out how datalize, a Node.js library, makes this easy—and formats your data nicely, too.

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Andrej Adamcik

Andrej Adamcik

Andrej is an award-winning full-stack developer with experience on projects for global brands such as Spotify, Gartner, Comcast, or Fantasy.

Working With the React Context API

The React Context API was been around as an experimental feature for a while now but finally became safe to use in production last year, solving one major problem React problem — prop drilling.

In this article, Toptal Freelance Javascript Developer Boris Yordanov will introduce us to the API and illustrate it with two basic web store apps, one built with the Context API and one without it.

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Boris Yordanov

Boris Yordanov

Boris is a web developer working primarily with vanilla JavaScript and popular frameworks like Angular, React, and MeteorJS.

Advanced Concurrency in Swift with HoneyBee

Handling concurrency in Swift can cause headaches and pyramids of doom. HoneyBee is a futures/promises library that makes concurrent programming easy, expressive, and safe.

Join Toptal Swift Developer Alex Lynch in exploring the performance and readability advantage of using this library.

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Alex Lynch

Alex Lynch

Alex is an expert iOS and full-stack developer with over 11 years of experience in iOS and 20 years developing applications.

Empty States: The Most Overlooked Aspect of UX

Empty states are often overlooked in UX design, but they can be drivers of substantial business benefits, and if done right, contribute to a more compelling user experience.

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Shane Ketterman

Shane Ketterman

Shane comes from a background in architecture and design, information technology, and content marketing, and has a passion for UX research.

The Role and Responsibilities of the Modern CFO: A Function in Transition

Over the last few decades, the role of the CFO has undergone a profound shift. The historical tasks of the finance function such as books and records, financial reporting, and statutory compliance continue to be important but are now taken for granted by CEOs. The CFO of today and tomorrow must be able to take financial data and use it to influence operational decision making and strategy. But how?

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Paul Ainsworth

Paul Ainsworth

Paul is an international CFO with experience at large multinationals, and who has led simplification projects across multiple geographies.

The Enterprise Starting Point: Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

An expanding array of artificial technology options presents enterprise executives with a daunting challenge: where to start? Toptal executives share perspective on the distinction between AI and Data Science, and why the latter serves as the best starting point for most companies.

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Toptal Research

Toptal Research

In-depth analysis and industry-leading thought leadership from a panel of Toptal researchers and subject matter experts.

How to Make a Discord Bot: an Overview and Tutorial

Discord is a popular real-time messaging platform with robust support for programmable bots. Bots are ubiquitous on Discord and provide a wide range of services, including moderation assistance, games, music, internet searches, payment processing, and more.

In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer and Chatbot Developer Randall Schmidt discusses the Discord UI and APIs for bots and presents a Discord bot tutorial. ImBursting, the developer of Rythm—one of Discord’s most popular bots—shares his experiences on developing and maintaining his significant infrastructure and codebase.

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Randall Schmidt

Randall Schmidt

Randall has more than eight years of development experience working across various domains and languages and is known for his attention to detail.

Valuation Drivers to Consider During the M&A Sale Process

While selling one’s company can seem like a daunting and difficult task, there exists a proven model and framework that drives valuation to maximum levels and leads to deals successfully getting done. This post is a guide for those contemplating a sale, as to what are the primary and secondary valuation drivers in a sale and how the process is conducted.

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Jonathan Wesner, CFA

Jonathan Wesner, CFA

Jonathan has more than eight years of experience in M&A, successfully completing 35 investment banking transactions totaling $940 million.

Simplicity Is Key: Exploring Minimal Web Design

Designers who approach minimalist UI design as being easy are often surprised at the amount of effort, time, and skill required to create a product that can achieve its aims while remaining truly minimalist.

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Cameron Chapman

Cameron Chapman

Cameron comes from a design background and is the author of two web design books: Color for Web Design and The Smashing Idea Book.

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