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University of Minnesota Linux Ban Prompts Questions About Open Source

by Michael J. McDonald

Researchers snuck vulnerabilities past the peer-review process and into the open-source Linux kernel codebase. What does this mean for the ubiquitous Linux kernel, and open source in general?

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Building a Node.js/TypeScript REST API, Part 3: MongoDB, Authentication, and Automated Tests

by Marcos Henrique da Silva

Our Express.js REST API series ends with a bang! Learn how to add a Dockerized MongoDB instance, Mongoose, JWT authentication, user permissions, and automated testing with Mocha, Chai, and SuperTest.

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React SEO Strategies and Best Practices

by Vineet Markan

While React is often lauded for making front-end development more efficient, this popular library can be problematic for search engines. In this article, Toptal Data Visualization Engineer Vineet Markan examines why React is challenging for SEO and outlines what software engineers can do to improve the search rankings of React websites.

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Solving Bottlenecks With SQL Indexes and Partitions

by Mirko Marović

Indexes and partitioning can help with SQL performance, but they're not cure-alls. Through everyday examples of date range and LIKE queries, find out how to "think like an RDBMS" to make yours run faster.

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A Deep Dive Into NgRx Advantages and Features

by Luka Onikadze

NgRx is a popular Angular state management library, but to unlock its full potential developers may require a few new skills. In this article, Toptal Full-stack Developer Luka Onikadze explains why he became an NgRx admirer after starting off as a skeptic.

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A Day in the Life of an Engineering Manager

by Karl Hughes

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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Toptal Webinar: How to Build and Scale a Remote Engineering Team

by Toptal Publications

Building and scaling engineering teams is more complicated than just hiring additional people. As teams grow, everything has to change. In the latest on-demand Toptal Webinar, our Vice President of R&D Bozhidar Batsov and Chief People Officer Michelle Labbe discuss how to build and scale best-in-class engineering teams.

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Picasso: How to Test a Component Library

by Boris Yordanov

Testing can be a daunting task even for experienced teams with an abundance of resources. How do Toptal developers write tests and what do they use? In this article, Toptal React Developer Boris Yordanov introduces you to Picasso, a component library designed by our developers for in-house use.

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