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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Object Detection Using OpenCV and Swift

by Josip Bernat

Swift is great, but what if your application relies on a library that’s written using C++? Luckily Objective-C++ is here to save the day. In this article, Toptal Freelance Swift Developer Josip Bernat integrates C++ code with Swift by using wrapper classes as a bridge and then creates an app that recognizes the Toptal logo using OpenCV.

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Building a GraphQL Server with Laravel

by Christopher Moore

GraphQL is a query language for APIs and can be used to query data from a server while also allowing clients to specify exactly what data is needed. Toptal Freelance Developer Christopher Moore explains how to create a GraphQL server using the Laravel Framework along with walking through some examples including querying relationships, mutations, and authentication.

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Bridging Gaps: The Importance of DevOps Communication

by Piotr Gaczkowski

DevOps is an oft-misunderstood buzzword, seen as a trendy must-have in the form of technologies, tools, and staff to acquire. But it's much more, yet much simpler, than that.

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The Front End: Using Gatsby.js and Node.js for Static Site Updates

by Furkan Yavuz

With a static site generator back end in place from Part 1, now it's time to implement a Gatsby.js-based front end, host it on Netlify, and get AWS to activate the whole pipeline.

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ReactiveUI and the MVVM Pattern in WPF Applications

by Denis Jesus Gonzalez Sanchez

Wikipedia describes Reactive Programming as “an asynchronous programming paradigm concerned with data streams and the propagation of change,” but what is it really? In this article, Toptal Freelance WPF Developer Denis Jesus Gonzalez Sanchez demonstrates a WPF app using ReactiveUI with the MVVM pattern and uses it to access a REST API.

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How to Create a Secure Node.js GraphQL API

by Marcos Henrique da Silva

GraphQL is a query language for APIs, originally developed by Facebook for internal use. Since its public release, GraphQL has been compared to REST and other architectures. In this article, Toptal JavaScript Developer Marcos Henrique da Silva demonstrates how to create a GraphQL Node.js API, and explains why you should try it, too.

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The Back End: Using Gatsby.js and Node.js for Static Site Updates

by Furkan Yavuz

Static websites are simple and fast, but it's also possible to automate updates to them to keep them fresh and relevant. Find out how to generate daily-updated HTML pages that track the latest releases of popular GitHub repositories.

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Benchmarking A Node.js Promise

by Omar Waleed

You can just write sequentially executed code in JavaScript, but should you? In this article, Toptal Freelance JavaScript Developer Omar Waleed tests the widespread Node.js belief that synchronous code degrades performance and is, in a sense, just plain evil. Is this really true?

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