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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Software Engineer Performance Reviews Explained

by Nermin Hajdarbegović

Software development is a complex process and evaluating the performance of software engineers can be too. It is important that you find the right balance between that complexity and practicality in software engineer performance reviews. 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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WebAssembly/Rust Tutorial: Pitch-perfect Audio Processing

by Peter Suggate

WebAssembly gives near-native performance to web apps and allows languages other than JavaScript—plus their libraries—to be used on the web. This tutorial leverages Rust and the Web Audio API to make a basic guitar tuner app that runs at 60 FPS, even on mobile.

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Apple M1 Processor Overview and Compatibility

by Nermin Hajdarbegović

The Apple M1 processor represents a significant step forward for Apple, but what does it mean for developers, designers, and other professionals using Apple hardware? In this article, Toptal Engineering Blog Editor Nermin Hajdarbegovic outlines what makes the M1 different and what professionals need to keep in mind should they choose to upgrade their hardware.

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The Definitive Guide to DateTime Manipulation

by Punit Jajodia

Time and date manipulation is notoriously difficult. Developers encountering time zone rules, leap seconds, differences in locale-specific formatting are wise to resort to popular time and date manipulation libraries. But without thinking about how exactly they work, it's still easy to create all sorts of obscure bugs.

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Enhanced Git Flow Explained

by Daniel Ivanov

Git provides basic branching operations, but advanced patterns are left up to the user. The popular "Git flow" branching model helps, but can also complicate some common procedures. Thankfully, a new variation retains the benefits, while streamlining everyday work.

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On-demand Reactivity in Vue 3

by Luka Mikec

The release of Vue 3 brought about substantial performance improvements, but they should not overshadow the introduction of new features and paradigms. In this article, Toptal Full-stack Developer Luka Mikec introduces you to the new Composition API and explains what Vue 3 means for code expressiveness, organization, and reuse.

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Building a Node.js/TypeScript REST API, Part 1: Express.js

by Marcos Henrique da Silva

Learn practical TypeScript patterns with interfaces and extended classes. Avoid messy console.log() statements with Winston and the Node.js debug module. Create an Express.js-powered REST API back end from scratch!

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Using the Radical Candor Framework for Effective Engineering Management

by Peter Varhol

One tool that managers can consider adding to their management skill set is a practice called Radical Candor. Radical Candor is the ability to care emotionally about the engineer as an individual and valued contributor, while also expressing honesty concerning their efforts and results achieved by those efforts.

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