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Benchmarking A Node.js Promise

by Omar Waleed

You can just write sequentially executed code in JavaScript, but should you? In this article, Toptal Freelance JavaScript Developer Omar Waleed tests the widespread Node.js belief that synchronous code degrades performance and is, in a sense, just plain evil. Is this really true?

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Blockchain, IoT, and the Future of Transportation: Understanding the Motoro Coin

by Michal Mikolajczyk

Open-source, IoT, and Ethereum smart contracts work together with a new utility coin to make transportation more accessible and reduce vehicle waste. In this article, Toptal Freelance Ethereum Developer Michał Mikolajczyk explains the motivations and methodology behind his startup's latest initiative.

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Broad vs. Narrow Skillsets: Software Engineering Skills Demystified

by Tiberius Florea

In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Tiberius Florea outlines the difference between deep and broad skillsets and explains why broadening your skillset may further your career.

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The Developer Resume Is Dead: Long Live the Portfolio

by Flavio Pezzini

Have you been googling articles on how to build an outstanding developer resume? Stop right now. It's a waste of time! Cover letter? That's a waste as well.

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Freelancer Identity Theft: It Happened to Me—Here's What You Should Know

by Relja Damnjanovic

Freelancer identity theft happens all the time. In fact, someone’s likely had their identity stolen as you read these words. Let’s hope it wasn’t you. In this post, Toptal Software Engineer Relja Damnjanovic shares his story about freelancer identity theft and offers lessons for freelancers, who don’t want to learn things the hard way.

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Time Management Secrets of an Efficient Engineer

by Dmitry Ryazantsev

Freelancers work flexible hours, but this convenience comes at a price: They have to manage their time better than on-site professionals. However, it also means they're free to optimize their routine and achieve exceptional efficiency. In this post, software engineer Dmitry Ryazantsev will guide you through the ins and outs of personal time management, leaving little to chance. What good are great rates if you waste hours each week?

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The Zen of devRant

by David Fox

Let’s face it: Sometimes you just need to rant. Fortunately, there’s an app for that. It’s called devRant, and it’s the place for developers to vent about clients from hell, non-technical friends and family, and clueless recruiters. In this roundup, devRant Co-Founder David Fox shares his favorite collection of rants since launching. Some will make you laugh. Others will make you laugh so hard you cry. And just about all of them will make you empathize with the author.

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Boost Your Productivity With Clever Travel Hardware

by Nermin Hajdarbegovic

You can buy capri pants, cheap flip-flops, and boonie hats anywhere on vacation, but beachside shops usually don’t carry quality hardware that can help you be more productive on the road or save you time and money for more enjoyable activities. In this post, Toptal Technical Editor Nermin Hajdarbegovic takes a look at inexpensive and readily available travel hardware designed to boost your productivity on the road. You can put most of these gadgets on your summer shopping list without making a dent in your travel budget.

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