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3D Printing: Should Designers And Developers Take Notice?

by Nermin Hajdarbegovic

3D printing is not a new technology, but recent advances in several fields have made it more accessible to hobbyists and businesses. Compared to other tech sectors, it’s still a small industry, but most analysts agree it has a lot of potential. But where is the potential for freelance designers and software engineers?

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Impostor Syndrome: How I Fool My Bosses, and You Too

by Kate Scheer

By and large, I haven't run into any major disadvantages or advantages to being a woman in the software field. I feel like that's a story not told enough in the debate, where the experience is just like anything else in life: some good, some bad, overall average.

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Skype Tips for Remote Teams

by Alvaro Oliveira

Toptal has a strong remote culture), to say the least. To keep up with each other, we need a tool to keep team members in sync, where we can reach any other person at a moment's notice. We use Skype as our main communication channel among Toptal's core team. Over the years, Skype has grown a lot, and has become a versatile tool that can be used on all of your devices at once, syncing chat amongst them, and providing a simple way to call and share screens. It is a tool that we leverage every day for our internal operations. As heavy Skype users, there are a few things we've noticed that might not be clear to everyone. Here are a few tips on how you and your remote team can get the most of of Skype.

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Learn to Code: Wisdom and Tools for the Journey

by Nick McCrea

It's no surprise that more and more people, from all kinds of backgrounds, are deciding to learn to code. But, each person who tackles the task is soon faced with an unpleasant reality: Learning to program is hard. Contrary to expectations, the feeling of "I don't get it," may persist unabated long into the journey, making once bright-eyed beginners feel hopeless, lost, and ready to give up. The moral of the story is this: Be prepared. The path to programmer paradise is a long one, and without the right mindset at the beginning, it can quickly lose its appeal. In this article, I'll attempt to give you some guidance on what to expect on your journey, how best to go about it, and what tools and resources you may find helpful along the way.

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Software Development Anywhere: My Distributed Remote Workplace

by Ivan Voras

Working as a remote software development freelancer has many benefits, but setting up an effective distributed working environment can be a real challenge. In this article, Toptal Engineer Ivan Voras describes how he leverages SSH and a number of related technologies, along with the Raspberry Pi and ownCloud, to be able to work effectively from anywhere.

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Ergonomics for Digital Nomads: Working on the Road Without Killing Yourself

by Casey Rosengren

We live in a time where technology has made it possible to work from anywhere, and many people have eschewed the traditional office for the chaotic din of a cafe in Bangkok or a hotel in Prague. Yet, while this trend has opened up unprecedented opportunities, it also brings with it a number of challenges, perhaps the most insidious of which is a lack of ergonomically healthy options in non-traditional workspaces.

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The Vital Guide To Hire Great Freelance Developers

by Nermin Hajdarbegovic

Technically, hiring freelance developers has never been easier, but don’t lull yourself into a false sense of security. The number of freelance platforms and skilled developers on the market is going up, but so are the challenges associated with finding, testing and selecting a truly great candidate.

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A Digital Nomad Adventure: Traveling with Hacker Paradise

by Nick McCrea

The nomadic lifestyle is not a vacation. There remains an impermeable barrier between the work world within the computer, and the real world outside of it. Yet there is so much intellectual stimulation and inspiration to be found on the road, it's a genuine shame that we can’t build on it in the work we do, and with those we find around us. Making that dream a reality is the goal of Casey Rosengren and Alexey Komissarouk, founders of Hacker Paradise.

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A Design Workflow Tutorial for Developers: Deliver Better UI/UX On Time

by Lubos Volkov

Working with a great designer can be an invaluable asset to any team. With clear communication channels, and free-flowing co-operation, the designer should give you everything you need to speed up the building process and limit questions and confusion as much as possible. What can you, the developer, do to ensure that the product you have built is delivered in a timely manner without sacrificing the quality of the user interface and user experience?

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