Toptal Engineering Blog

The Toptal Engineering Blog is a hub for in-depth development tutorials and new technology announcements created by professional software engineers in the Toptal network.

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.NET on Linux: Simpler Than It Seems

by Zablon Dawit

Discover Microsoft .NET's cross-platform development capabilities by building a Dockerized ASP.NET and Entity Framework application on Linux.

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The 10 Most Common JavaScript Issues Developers Face

by Ryan J. Peterson

At first, JavaScript may seem quite simple. Yet the language is significantly more nuanced, powerful, and complex than one would initially be led to believe. Many of JavaScript's subtleties lead to a number of common problems that keep it from working—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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Unity AI Development: An xNode-based Graphical FSM Tutorial

by Garegin Tadevosyan

Take your Unity AI game to the next level with xNode. In this tutorial, we boost our FSM-based AI with a graphical user interface, delivering an enhanced development environment.

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Python vs. R: Syntactic Sugar Magic

by Leandro Roser

Python and R empower data scientists to solve problems using elegant syntactic sugar, simplifying coding and solution exploration. Each language brings its unique capabilities and approach to bear.

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Social Network Analysis Using Power BI and R: A Custom Visuals Guide

by Bharat Garg

Microsoft's Power BI is one of the most popular software solutions used to perform social network analysis. Here's how to create custom Power BI visuals in R for compelling and flexible results.

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Harness the Power of WordPress Hooks: Actions and Filters Explained

by Tahir Shahzad

WordPress developers might be tempted to customize this popular website builder directly, but that approach creates ongoing maintenance headaches. Fortunately, there's a clean way to extend functionality: via WordPress hooks, actions, and filters.

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Code Writing Code: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Modern Metaprogramming

by Will Beddow

With a tour that includes Julia, Rust, and more, dive into the fascinating world of metaprogramming and get a taste for its history, common forms (such as macros), importance, and potential future.

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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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