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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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Hybrid Power: Flutter Advantages and Benefits

by Asad Jibran Ahmed

Google's Flutter framework has quickly caught on among developers who want to target Android and iOS from the same codebase—and businesses who know the value of a single project team yielding presence in both markets.

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React Test-driven Development: From User Stories to Production

by Dave Hyungmok Lee

Employing a test-driven development (TDD) approach in React projects tends to be straightforward, especially with the aid of Jest and Enzyme. However, there are a few things to look out for. In this article, Toptal JavaScript Developer Dave Hyungmok Lee demonstrates his React TDD process, from epics and user stories to development and production.

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A Complete Guide to Testing React Hooks

by Avi Aryan

A relatively recent addition to React, hooks have already changed React development for the better through improved code readability and state management. But how do we test them? In this article, Toptal React Developer Avi Aryan outlines why it is crucial to test hooks and introduces us to his React Hooks testing routine.

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Terraform vs. CloudFormation: The Definitive Guide

by Fabrice Triboix

Choosing between infrastructure-as-code tools CloudFormation and Terraform can be arduous. It's helpful to have some advice from someone with practical experience scaling apps using both technologies.

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Launching a Spring Boot Application Programmatically

by Igor Delac

Starting a Spring Boot application in the command line is as simple as it gets. But what if we want to run our application from another Java program? In this article, Toptal Java Developer Igor Delac demonstrates how you can start a Spring Boot app programmatically using just a few lines of code.

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Serializing Complex Objects in JavaScript

by Luke Wilson

The Tanagra.js library is designed to be simple and lightweight, and it currently supports Node.js and ES6 classes. The main implementation supports JSON, and an experimental version supports Google Protocol Buffers.

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Optimizing Retailer Revenue with Sales Forecasting AI

by Ahmed Khaled

Retailers often face supply and demand issues that cause them to miss out on potential sales or tie up a lot of money in overstocked products. In this article, Toptal Data Scientist Ahmed Khaled explains how retailers can boost revenues and cut costs with sales forecasts backed by artificial intelligence.

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K8s/Kubernetes: AWS vs. GCP vs. Azure

by Guillaume Dury

Kubernetes ("K8s") won the battle of container orchestration tools. Now AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud each offer a managed Kubernetes version. How do they compare?

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