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A Day in the Life of an Engineering Manager

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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Karl Hughes

Karl Hughes

Software Engineer Performance Reviews Explained

Software development is a complex process, and evaluating the performance of software engineers can be too. Finding the right balance between complexity and practicality in software engineer performance reviews is vital.

In this article, Toptal Engineering Blog Editor Nermin Hajdarbegovic outlines the difference between commonly used performance review models and discusses how they should be employed.

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Nermin Hajdarbegović

Nermin Hajdarbegović

Broad vs. Narrow Skillsets: Software Engineering Skills Demystified

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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Tiberius Florea

Tiberius Florea

A Guide to Rails Engines in the Wild: Real World Examples of Rails Engines in Action

Why are Rails Engines not used more often? I don’t know the answer, but I do think that the generalization of “Everything is an Engine” has hidden the problem domains that they can help to solve.

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Joe James

Joe James

Scala vs. Java: Why Should I Learn Scala?

The popularity and usage of Scala is rapidly on the rise, as evidenced by the ever-increasing number of open positions for Scala developers.

In this article, Toptal engineer Matt Hicks introduces you to the power and capabilities of the Scala language.

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Matt Hicks

Matt Hicks

A Guide to Scientific Computing with Open Source Tools

Scientific computing is hard. But thanks to an ever-growing landscape of open source tools, really tough problems are becoming easier to solve. Toptal engineer Charles Cook provides an in-depth example, leveraging open source tools to solve a problem in computational fluid dynamics.

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Charles Cook, Ph.D.

Charles Cook, Ph.D.

In Search of the Elite Few – Finding and Hiring the Best Software Developers in the Industry

Effective interviewing and hiring is as much of an art as it is a science. Nonetheless, approaches and methodologies do exist for evaluating the more subtle dimensions of a software developer’s skills and abilities. When used collectively, these techniques yield a highly effective screening process with a proven track record of success. That process is what this post is all about.

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Hyam Singer

Hyam Singer

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