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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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A Splash of EarlGrey – UI Testing the Toptal Talent App

by Ciprian Balea

Created by Google as an in-house testing tool, EarlGrey was open-sourced in 2016, and it quickly gained a sizable following in the iOS developer community. In this article, Toptal Senior QA Automation Engineer Ciprian Balea explains why the Toptal talent app is tested using EarlGrey and demonstrates why you should consider it, too.

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Spring Security with JWT for REST API

by Ioram Gordadze

The Spring Security framework is the de facto industry standard when it comes to securing Spring-based apps, but it can be tricky to configure. In this article, Toptal Software Engineer Ioram Gordadze demonstrates how you can implement it without wasting too much time.

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Create a Publication Chain with Pandoc and Docker

by Phillip Edwards

Pandoc is a software package capable of converting documents into various formats, and since it’s available as a Docker image, it’s easy to run. In this article, Toptal Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) Phillip Edwards demonstrates how you can easily create a robust publication chain using Pandoc, Docker, and a pinch of Markdown.

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Leveraging Declarative Programming to Create Maintainable Web Apps

by Peter Suggate

Adopting declarative-style programming techniques allows teams to create web applications that are easier to extend and maintain. In this article, Toptal Full-stack Developer Peter Suggate demonstrates how to leverage declarative programming and finite-state machines in JavaScript.

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VSCode Tips and Tricks for Power Users

by Boris Yordanov

Mastering your IDE can go a long way toward improving productivity. However, many are reluctant to dive into customization and optimization. In this article, Toptal JavaScript Developer Boris Yordanov explains how you can become a VSCode power user by leveraging official documentation and using a few practical tools.

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Creating a Secure REST API in Node.js

by Marcos Henrique da Silva

As patterns go, REST APIs are so useful and ubiquitous that every web developer, regardless of language or platform, should know how to build one. In this article, Toptal Freelance JavaScript Developer Marcos Henrique da Silva shows how to create a simple and secure REST API for user management on Node.js.

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