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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ELK to AWS: Managing Logs with Less Hassle

by Fabrice Triboix

The ELK stack boasts a range of impressive capabilities, but in some scenarios, it can be difficult to configure and maintain. In this article, Toptal DevOps Engineer Fabrice Triboix explains why he decided to shift to a serverless solution that requires less maintenance and allows for superior scaling.

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Will JS Frameworks Spark a Front-end Revolution in 2020?

by Kevin Bloch

Are Vue.js, React, and Angular actually delivering a good developer and user experience, or are they used simply because they're the current de facto standard? Discover some exciting approaches to web development.

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A Deep Look at JSON vs. XML, Part 3: XML and the Future of JSON

by Seva Safris

In Part 1 and 2, we took a closer look at the evolution of the web, how XML and JSON arose, and the differences between the two standards. In this final part of our series on JSON vs. XML, Toptal Freelance Full-stack Developer Seva Safris looks at XML as a data interchange format and how well it supports complex requirements. And finally, he will discuss the future of JSON as well as explore solutions that bring the strengths of XML to JSON.

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A Deep Look At JSON vs. XML, Part 2: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Both

by Seva Safris

Nearly all computer applications rely on either JSON or XML. Today, JSON has overtaken XML, but is it better? In part 1 of this series on JSON vs. XML, we take a closer look at the history of the web to uncover the original purpose of XML and JSON and analyze how JSON became the popular choice.

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A Deep Look at JSON vs. XML, Part 1: The History of Each Standard

by Seva Safris

Nearly all computer applications rely on one of two principal message standards: JSON and XML. Today, JSON is the most widely used format, having overtaken XML within the last 5 years, but is JSON better than XML? In part 1 of this multi-part series on JSON vs. XML, Toptal Freelance Full-stack Developer Seva Safris will take a closer look at the history of the web to uncover the original purpose of XML and JSON, and analyze the software trends in recent years that lead to JSON becoming more popular than XML.

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Rails 6 Features: What's New and Why It Matters

by Avant Mittal

Rails 6 is finally here, featuring major improvements and clever new features that should make development easier and faster than ever. In this article, Toptal Ruby on Rails Developer Avant Mittal dives into the Rails 6 changelog to introduce you to these new features and explain how you will be using them in your next Rails project.

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Supercharged Testing Tips for 2019: A Java Automation Testing Tutorial

by Simon Stratton

Test automation engineers continuously research the latest tools and techniques to ensure that their test automation framework stays fast, stable, and easy to use. In this article, Toptal Freelance Java Developer Simon Stratton will take a look at some tips that you can use to update your framework for 2019 by improving your use of Selenium Grid, Java’s wait function, and Chrome DevTools.

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Building Your First Telegram Bot: A Step by Step Guide

by Ali Abdel Aal

Chatbots are revolutionizing the way people interact with technology. In recent years, their simplicity and low cost have helped drive adoption across various fields and industries. In this article, Toptal Natural Language Processing Developer Ali Abdel Aal demonstrates how you can create and deploy a Telegram chatbot in a matter of hours.

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