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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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Cabin Fever Coding: A Node.js Back-end Tutorial

by Kevin Bloch

Missing the luxury of a good, old-fashioned remote control when the laptop is beyond easy reach? Transform your old smartphone into a remote and learn some basic Node.js/Express/Pug along the way.

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Turn Chaos Into Profit: Understanding the ETL Process

by Alexandre Wanderer

ETL can consolidate data from various sources into an organized, reliable, and usable database. This allows businesses to employ previously unused or underused data to improve their performance. In this article, Toptal Data Modeling Developer Alexandre Wanderer demonstrates all stages of the ETL process in building a data warehouse.

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Working with React Hooks and TypeScript

by Nicolas Zozol

Hooks have already changed the way we use React for the better. Add TypeScript to the mix, and developers can leverage static typing and type transformations to reduce the noise of many interface descriptions. In this article, Toptal Software Developer Nicolas Zozol demonstrates hooks and TypeScript in React and explains how this powerful combo can save time and streamline your code.

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Getting the Most Out of Pre-trained Models

by Nauman Mustafa

Pre-trained models are making waves in the deep learning world. Using massive pre-training datasets, these NLP models bring previously unheard-of feats of AI within the reach of app developers.

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All Perks, No Hassle: An Angular 9 Tutorial

by Joaquin Cid

"Every year the internet breaks," goes the saying, and developers usually have to go and fix it. Is this true when it comes to the long-awaited Angular version 9?

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Remote Work Tools of the Remote Work Trade

by Nermin Hajdarbegovic

Working from home is no longer a business decision or a lifestyle choice. During the biggest public health crisis in a century, it’s a necessity: not to save time or money, but to save lives. In this article, Toptal Technical Editor Nermin Hajdarbegovic introduces newcomers to essential tools used by remote workers.

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Sound Logic and Monotonic AI Models

by Emmanuel Tsukerman

For those working with AI, the future is certainly exciting. At the same time, there is a general sense that AI suffers from one pesky flaw: AI in its current state can be unpredictably unreliable.

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Taking Firebase Serverless – Mobile and Web Applications Made Easy

by Phillip Edwards

Mobile and web applications typically need a back-end server, which requires maintenance, updates, backups, and more. So why not dispense with them? In this article, Toptal Java Developer Phillip Edwards outlines how you can use Google Firebase to develop serverless applications without incurring a lot of costs.

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