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Taking Firebase Serverless: Mobile and Web Applications Made Easy

Mobile and web applications typically need a back-end server, which requires maintenance, updates, backups, and more. So why not dispense with them?

In this article, Toptal Java Developer Phillip Edwards outlines how you can use Google Firebase to develop serverless applications without incurring a lot of costs.

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Phillip Edwards

Phillip Edwards

Phillip has extensive experience in all aspects of software development. Recently, he has been developing apps using Google Firebase.

Write Once, Deploy Everywhere: When to Go Native?

Writing multiple native applications for different mobile platforms can be a daunting task, but taking a non-native approach comes with pitfalls of its own.

In this article, Toptal Mobile Developer Joel Frank outlines the concept of Write Once, Deploy Everywhere (WODE) and explains how to choose the right development path for your project.

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Joel Frank

Joel Frank

Joel is a software engineer with 15+ years of experience. He brings application writing experience from Ipsy, Raytheon, and multiple independent ventures.

Keep It Encrypted, Keep It Safe: Working with ESNI, DoH, and DoT

Internet privacy’s cutting-edge technology includes encrypted server name indication (ESNI) and encrypted DNS in the form of DNS over HTTPS (DoH). Find out what they are, why they exist, and how they work.

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Brian Wojtczak

Brian Wojtczak

Brian was a system administrator and network engineer before turning to software development in an effort to automate himself out of a job.

How to Approach Wrappers for Swift Properties

A property wrapper is a generic structure that encapsulates read and write access to the property and adds additional behavior to it. We use it if we need to constrain the available property values, add extra logic to the read/write access (like using databases or user defaults), or add some additional methods.

In this article, Toptal Freelance iOS Developer Alexander Gaidukov demonstrates Swift 5.1’s new @propertyWrapper annotation—a more elegant solution.

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Aleksandr Gaidukov

Aleksandr Gaidukov

Alexander has more than nine years of experience developing applications and over five years with the iOS platform—both iPhone and iPad.

Haxe Review: Haxe 4 Features and Strengths

The quietly growing number of serious Haxe projects have something new to contend with: the first major compiler release in over three years. What does Haxe 4 bring to the table?

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Kevin Bloch

Kevin Bloch

Kevin has more than 25 years among full-stack, desktop, and indie game development. He lately specializes in PostgreSQL, JavaScript, Perl, and Haxe.

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Building Reactive Apps with Redux, RxJS, and Redux-Observable in React Native

While Redux is a great state management solution, it doesn’t support asynchronous behavior by default. A way around this is to use redux-observable, based on RxJS - a powerful library for reactive programming in JavaScript.

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Sourabh Verma

Sourabh Verma

Sourabh has a broad and versatile skill set. His experience with mobile and back-end development enables him to build prototypes quickly.

Build with Confidence: A Guide to JUnit Tests

In an age of continuous delivery, Java developers have to be confident that their changes don’t break existing code, hence automated testing. There’s more than one valid approach to it, but how can you keep them straight?

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Nikhil Bansal

Nikhil Bansal

Nikhil (BTech) has automated finance sector code across everything from J2EE to Elasticsearch to Kafka. And, of course, all things AWS.

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Gabriel Courtemanche

Gabriel is a highly efficient and reliable professional who possesses a broad skill set for web application development. He's been working on a range of products and clients—from working on scalability problems in production engineering teams at Shopify and Autodesk to launching new applications for startups. Most of his work consists of leading technical teams, by creating an easy development environment, fixing technical debts, providing best practices code examples, and mentoring devs.
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