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Insights from our community of experts on a variety of topics including software development, project management, design, and hiring.

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Hiring

7 Qualities That Differentiate a Great Programmer From a Good Programmer

Learn 7 qualities that set the best programmers apart from the crowd and how to evaluate candidates for these skills.

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Damien Filiatrault
Founder & CEO
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Project Management

Modified Fibonacci Sequence – Agile Story Points

We focus on processes to effectively and efficiently develop digital products. One of our processes is using Agile Development, which includes using Agile Points to assign a common definition to the effort required to complete tasks. In this post, we’ll focus on the modified Fibonacci Sequence – 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc – as an exponential complexity scale (good discussion on…...

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Tomás Gutiérrez Meoz
Software Architect
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Project Management

3 Skills to Become a Great Product Owner [Role and Responsibilities]

Product Owners are one of the most important roles in a product team. The Product Owner represents the business, customers, and/or users, and guides the team toward building the right product (not just any product).   In order to be an effective Product Owner, you first and foremost must be willing to put in the time to do the job well. Beyond that, learning how to…...

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Veronica Arreche
Head of Talent
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Data Science

Data Preprocessing: 6 Techniques to Clean Data

The data preprocessing phase is the most challenging and time-consuming part of data science, but it’s also one of the most important parts. Learn best techniques to prepare and clean the data so you don’t compromise the ML model.

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Nicolas Azevedo
Senior Data Scientist
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Backend

Three Questions to Answer Before Choosing Web3 for Your Next Project

Trying to decide between Web 2.0 and Web3 for your next project? Here’s what to consider when choosing the right architecture.

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Raul Rodriguez
Senior Developer
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Hiring

IT Staff Augmentation: How to Extend Your Software Team in 2022

Companies are now prioritizing cost-efficiency and agility as their top business objectives to stay ahead of constantly evolving requirements and maintain a competitive edge. For many, staff augmentation services may be a solution to help meet these goals.

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Trevor Wencl
Software Architect
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UI/UX Design

UI vs UX: What Is the Difference Between UI/UX Design

Throughout my career working as a UI/UX designer, it has been a challenge to explain my profession to non-tech people. My reasoning for this is two-fold. For one, it can be difficult to explain because there is a common misconception that software is only made by engineers, and so, the role of a designer is relegated to digital marketing and aesthetics.  The second reason is…

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Felipe Lebrun
Senior UI/UX and Product Designer
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Project Management

How to Onboard New Remote Developers

A smooth onboarding program can improve your freelancer’s performance and job satisfaction. Learn more in our

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Veronica Arreche
Head of Talent
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Hiring

How to Improve Your Developer Interviews (and Make Hiring Easier)

Using our three-step interview process as a guide, learn how to make interviews smoother and more effective.

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Veronica Arreche
Head of Talent
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Hiring

A Guide to Writing Job Descriptions to Attract Remote Developers

Improve the quality of candidates applying for your role with these tips on crafting a stand-out job description.

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Veronica Arreche
Head of Talent
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Java

Is Java Still Used and Relevant in 2022?

Java has been kicking it for over 20 years in the world of web development, but what is its current popularity status amidst the rise of dynamic languages? Full-stack developer Nicolae tackles this question by explaining how Java is architecturally inclined toward scalability and isn’t going away anytime soon.

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Nicolae Caprarescu
Senior Developer
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JavaScript

Is Svelte the Future of JavaScript Frameworks?

In an era where everyone is looking at performance, accessibility, and developer experience, there’s a new contender in the JavaScript ecosystem that promises to deliver all of these through a radical new approach to building apps: Svelte....

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Facundo Corradini
Senior Developer
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Quality Assurance

Getting Started With Continuous Integration

We’ve all been there: you clone a repository, run your project and… nothing happens. Well, nothing but a series of errors; from missing files to compiler warnings. You seek some advice and ask your co-worker: “I just cloned the repo, but nothing seems to work and the readme file is blank. Do you know what’s going on?”. That’s when you hear it. The most...

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Andres Canal
Senior Full-stack Mobile Developer
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Quality Assurance

Getting Started with Test-Driven Development [and Key Benefits]

Test-Driven Development: should you try it? Michel Sabchuk shares why he loves this process, the benefits that TDD can provide and how to implement it on your next project.

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Michel Sabchuk
Senior Full-stack Python Developer
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JavaScript

Benefits of Progressive Web Applications (PWA) [Advantages & Disadvantages]

A few years ago, the concept of Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) was born. This new development allowed the web to do things that were previously limited to native apps, like working offline, sending push notifications, or being installed to the home screen. These advances have simplified the process of cross-platform development while still allowing for the production of robust apps. In this article, I’ll explain…

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Aleix Suau
Senior Developer
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JavaScript

TypeScript vs JavaScript: Which to Choose for Your Next Project?

Clocking in at over 20 years old, JavaScript is one of the elder statesmen of the programming world. It’s also, according to developer community HackerRank, 2018’s most popular programming language. This longevity, driven by continued demand for web apps, has put the spotlight on JavaScript’s inherent limitations. JavaScript has been adding more features to remedy its growing pains. They recently added new ways to import…

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Juan Pablo Rivillas
Senior Full-stack Node.js Developer
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Python

Why Is Python So Popular?

Aside from being a top 25 US-based Unicorn, what do Instacart, Doordash, Airbnb, and SpaceX all have in common? They use Python. Far-reaching versatility has been a long-time factor in the language’s popularity, but what really what makes Python such a valuable development tool? Read more about Python and why it continues to trend upwards, taking place as the most popular programming language of the year.

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Matheus Jacques
Senior Data Scientist
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Hiring

Why Companies Should Embrace Remote Work [New Statistics 2022]

Working remotely is on the rise not just because it’s more cost-effective, but because of its clear benefits to productivity and increased access to talent. The leap from in-house to a remote workforce can be unnerving for many, but embracing a few key ideas can smooth the transition.

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Damien Filiatrault
Founder & CEO
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Hiring

How to Hire a Software Developer: A Complete Guide

In this guide, learn how to define your role, where to look, and how to attract and evaluate top candidates.

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Osiris Villa
Talent Specialist and Senior QA Engineer
Front-end

Will Vue Become the Most Popular Front-end Framework in 2023?

Vue has been gaining attention among the developer community lately for its powerful features. But will it become the most popular front-end framework in 2023?

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Eduardo Maciel
Senior Software Engineer
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Front-end

What Is a Single-page Application (SPA)? Pros and Cons With Examples

Selecting the correct technology stack can make or break a project. Sometimes, the desire to use the next ‘hot’ technology leads stakeholders (both technical and non-technical) to make unwise decisions in this department. Twitter is a high profile example of this phenomenon. In 2010, the social giant shipped a new Single-page Application (SPA) architecture that pushed all the UI rendering and logic to client-side JavaScript. This…

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Rafael Carvalho
Senior Developer
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JavaScript

Flow vs TypeScript: Which Is Better Suited For Your Next Project?

As projects become more complex for JavaScript developers, new tools and practices arise to improve code quality and workflows. In addition to unit testing, static type checkers such as TypeScript and Flow are becoming the norm among professional development teams. Regardless of project size, the benefits of making code more comprehensible while also catching errors during the development phase have proved invaluable. As a result,…

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John Kapantzakis
Senior Developer
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Node.js

12 Reasons Why You Should Use Node.js

Node.js has been a popular choice for both startups and well-known giants such as NetFlix, Medium, GoDaddy and LinkedIn. Here’s so many continue to choose this tool for their back-end.

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Will Eizlini
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Front-end

Using Quill To Build A WYSIWYG HTML Editor For Your Website

Remember how basic the Facebook status update used to be? Now, that same space contains an array of sophisticated text styling options that let users fully express what’s on their minds. This evolution has been driven by rich-text editors like Quill, which allow visitors to fully customize their content: from embedding photos and videos to adding emoticons. In this article, I’ll share a step by step…

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Andres Canal
Senior Full-stack Mobile Developer
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Hiring

The Cost of Hiring Pre-Vetted LatAm Developers in 2022

Learn about the cost of hiring software developers from Latin America compared to other global markets.

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Damien Filiatrault
Founder & CEO
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Mobile

Flutter vs React Native: Where Is Cross-Platform App Development Headed?

Should you choose Flutter or React Native for your next project? Here’s how these frameworks compare for cross-platform development.

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Will Eizlini
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Front-end

Tailwind CSS: Caught in the Crossfire of the Front-end Divide

There is a divide among the front-end community right now when it comes to Tailwind CSS. From people madly in love with it claiming that “it fixes CSS” to those who discard it as “just abstracted inline styles”, It would seem that no month can go by on Tech Twitter without a flame war about Tailwind. This article goes beyond the arguments of the framework itself and unpacks the deeper conversations at the heart of the debate.

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Facundo Corradini
Senior Developer
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iOS

How to Test an iOS App With Unit Tests

Project managers have always had a complicated relationship with testing. In the early days, it was considered a necessary evil that slowed the release process – but saved money in the long term. Technology has moved on since those days so, in the age of mobile development, is testing (and in particular unit testing) still the universal panacea it once was? It’s not just managers&...

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Andres Canal
Senior Full-stack Mobile Developer
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iOS

Dependency Managers: The Difference Between Carthage and CocoaPods

These days, developers that write all their own code are rare, and with good reason. Why reinvent the wheel when you can find well written, and well supported, third-party libraries that will help build products faster? Inserting other people’s code into your project does throw up some issues, including the need to effectively manage all of these various libraries. A role commonly filled by dependency managers….

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Andres Canal
Senior Full-stack Mobile Developer
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Data Science

What Is Bias in Machine Learning?

As artificial intelligence, or AI, increasingly becomes a part of our everyday lives, the need for understanding the systems behind this technology as well as their failings, becomes equally important. It’s simply not acceptable to write AI off as a foolproof black box that outputs sage advice. In reality, AI can be as flawed as its creators, leading to negative outcomes in the real world&...

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Omar Trejo
Senior Data Scientist
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Backend

The Benefits of Using Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technology has been in the news a lot this past year, with the tech press eager to explain how it’s the ‘real innovation’ behind Bitcoin. This revelation won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the money, though. The litmus test for any upcoming technology is to look at the private equity flowing into it, and VC investment has been...

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Marcelo Creimer
Senior Developer
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Backend

SQL vs NoSQL: Choosing a Database for Your Project

Choosing between a SQL vs NoSQL database is now an important technological decision for app developers, and recognizing when to use one over the other is an important skill to have. Beyond that, the choice of which type of database to use can determine whether a project will run smoothly or experience technical difficulties as it grows. Understanding the technical principles behind the two classes of databases and what sets them apart will help inform our future decisions.

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John Kapantzakis
Senior Developer
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For Freelancers

How to Determine Your Rate as a Freelance Software Developer

Knowing how much to charge can be a challenge for freelancers, especially if you are new to the industry. In this guide, we share how to work out an ideal rate that reflects your experience and skill level for new clients....

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Louis Moran
Freelance Copywriter
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React Native

React Native vs Native for Mobile App Development

Mobile applications have traditionally been written in native languages. Lately, however, hybrid cross-platform frameworks have been gaining market share. The recent swell of React Native’s popularity has raised the question: should developers use React Native or native for mobile app development?...

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Fabio Ferreira
Senior Full-stack React Developer
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Project Management

The Kanban Methodology Explained

A good idea can become a spoiled mess if you use the wrong approach to realize it. Software development is no exception, and broadening your knowledge of Agile processes not only helps keep a project from spoiling but also serves as a powerful tool for your organization. Enter Kanban, the visual, tactile way to coordinate a workflow and reduce waste while maximizing efficiency. Using simple…...

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Ryan Medeiros
Agile Practitioner
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Project Management

How to Build a Successful Minimum Viable Product

Launching new products and services is a risky endeavor. It’s hard to know whether your idea will take off. Deciding on what features to add is challenging as well since you lack user feedback. Whether you’ve secured funding or are simply investing your own time, it’s stressful thinking about when — and if — your efforts will eventually pay off. The fact that...

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Trevor Wencl
Software Architect
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Project Management

Kanban vs Scrum: Which Is Better for Continuous Deployment?

Over the years, software teams have had to learn how to evolve with their changing industry, not only with emerging architectures, technologies, and frameworks but with newer approaches to development altogether, like Continuous Deployment. In this agile movement that we find ourselves in, the ultimate goal is to minimize the time between the moment we take on a task and the time we release it…...

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Veronica Arreche
Head of Talent
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Project Management

A Guide to Understanding the 12 Agile Principles

Here are the guiding principles behind Agile’s ideology that help teams become more flexible, speed up the development process, and bring products to market faster....

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Ryan Medeiros
Agile Practitioner
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Backend

Should Developers Use Third-Party Libraries?

Every new developer learns the following core principles of software engineering early in their career: DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) This acronym encourages developers to avoid code duplication and focus on configurable and reusable components. KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) Always aim for simplicity in your design by avoiding over-engineered solutions. YAGNI (You Ain’t Gonna Need It) Focus on your current requirements, don’t try to...

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Aris Papadopoulo
Android Software Engineer
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.NET

What is .NET? An Introduction Microsoft’s Framework

Back in the early 2000s, the applications built with .NET were aimed exclusively for Windows desktop and the framework itself was strictly developed and maintained in a closed source format. However, with the introduction of .NET Core, Microsoft made a complete shift and revolutionized software development.

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Leniel Maccaferri
Senior Full-stack .NET Developer
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Android

A Guide to Google’s Recommended Android Apps Architecture

One of the most important things to focus on before building a mobile application is what architecture you will use. Given the options available in 2021, how do you choose the right one for your Android project?...

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Abdurahman Adilovic
Senior Mobile Developer
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PHP

GraphQL Tutorial: How to Build a PHP App

Have you heard about GraphQL? Facebook open-sourced it in 2015 and I believe it is a much better way to establish contracts between a client and a server than REST. If, like me, you are always searching for the easiest way to develop and maintain code, this GraphQL Tutorial is for you. In this article we will: Give a brief introduction to GraphQL Show the…

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Damien Filiatrault
Founder & CEO
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PHP

Chef Automation for the Symfony Developer

Chef has been popularized by big companies such as Facebook and Airbnb, but you don’t need to be a Fortune 500 company to benefit from it. In fact, you can easily start with just a few servers and use the free version of Chef....

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Carlos Mafla
Senior Tech Lead and DevOps Engineer
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UI/UX Design

10 Ways to Improve Design Collaboration with Developers

Discover how implementing a collaboration process improves the handoff between design and development teams.

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Christi Tidwell
Senior Designer
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Project Management

Agile Project Management With Scrum

Scrum is perfect for small, remote teams working on complex software products. But its rapid rise in popularity has meant that Agile Project Management with Scrum it is often not fully understood, even by those who have been exposed to it. In this series, I hope to clear up some of the confusion around terminology, while providing a clear framework on how we implement Scrum…...

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Damien Filiatrault
Founder & CEO
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Android

Kotlin vs Java: The Advantages for Android Development

Kotlin is hot right now, but is all the hype justified? We asked mobile expert Abdu Adilovic to see how it measured up against the ever-popular Java. Here are some of the issues he finds with Java and how Kotlin offers solutions to all of them.

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Abdurahman Adilovic
Senior Mobile Developer
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DevOps

How to Build a Python Flask API App Using Docker on Linux

Docker has become a darling of the DevOps community because it enables true independence between applications, environments, infrastructure, and developers. The tool, first released in 2013, was initially developed for Linux, but is now fully supported on macOS and Windows, as well as all major cloud service providers (including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud). In this article, I’ll focus on two of these tools: Docker…

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Jakub Musko
Senior Software Engineer
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DevOps

Building an ASP.NET Core Application with Docker [Devops Tutorial]

Applications are being built, shipped and updated at an increasingly fast pace. This trend has generated interest in solutions that will help facilitate this complex process. The result is a flood of new methodologies and tools for DevOps engineers. In this article, I will focus on one of these tools: Docker. More specifically, Docker on Windows, along with a sample application in ASP.NET. The AWS site…

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Rafael Carvalho
Senior Developer
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Front-end

Tutorial: How to Implement a Micro Front-end Architecture for Your App

Micro frontends first came to light in 2016 as front-end architecture similar to and loosely based on microservices. The architecture was developed in response to common issues with building a growing single-page application, like poor scalability, maintainability and developer experience. Since, they’ve continued to evolve, allowing teams to build robust, feature-rich applications with more flexibility, accessibility and speed. In this article, I’ll unpack the theory…

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Leo Cristofani
Senior Developer
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.NET

Technologies and Tools for .NET Developers

.NET has become the framework of choice for millions of developers around the world, equipping them to create solid applications for any platform, and Microsoft has done an impressive job making top-notch tools to support them.

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Leniel Maccaferri
Senior Full-stack .NET Developer
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For Freelancers

The Benefits of Second Language Acquisition for Developers

Will learning to speak a new language make you a better developer? What if we told you it can reshape how your brain works, enhancing both your soft skills as well as your technical capabilities? Read about some of the benefits of language acquisition....

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Facundo Corradini
Senior Developer
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iOS

Creating iOS Custom Views in UIKit

I first started working with iOS fresh out of university. Working with an unfamiliar platform and programming language was challenging. What really made me nervous, was the designs coming from the creative team. I know a great design can breathe new life into a website, but unique high concept designs often require the creation of iOS custom views in UIKit. As a new developer (that…

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Andres Canal
Senior Full-stack Mobile Developer
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For Freelancers

How to Prepare for a Technical Interview

Whether you have an opportunity lined up or are merely considering a career change, you’ll need to know how to properly prepare for technical interviews. Not only are you competing against the test, but also the other applicants who are taking it, so it is essential to stand out and perform...

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Kevin Dawe
Product Owner
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Project Management

A Guide to Managing Remote Software Development Teams [Updated 2022]

As more tech companies embrace remote and hybrid work options, new challenges emerge for managers who want to build culture and cohesion among remote software development teams. In this guide, we explore the foundational aspects that successfully drive remote teams....

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Damien Filiatrault
Founder & CEO
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Insights

Supporting the Fight Against Climate Change

Since 2021, Scalable Path made the decision to donate 10% of our profits to climate change. And as of Spring 2022, we are officially a carbon-neutral company. You can read more about why we choose to donate to organizations like these and what we aim to achieve through strategic giving.

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Damien Filiatrault
Founder & CEO
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For Freelancers

How to Improve Your English Skills: Tips from a LATAM Developer

A LATAM developer’s guide to improve your English and grow your programming career.

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Facundo Corradini
Senior Developer
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For Freelancers

How I Manage Stress as a Software Developer with Mindfulness

Being a software developer can be stressful. Here’s how mindfulness can help you balance your routine and manage everyday stressors.

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Veronica Arreche
Head of Talent
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Full-stack

Building a GraphQL API with TypeScript + Node.js [Full-stack Tutorial Part 1]

Learn how to build a GraphQL API in a Node.js back-end using TypeScript in part one of this full-stack app tutorial.

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Pedro Manfroi
React

Context API vs Redux: Managing Data Flow Through Nested Components in React

Redux or Context API: which tool is better for React state management? In this article, we dig into how each tool manages data flow through React nested components....

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Andy Fernandez
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Full-stack

GraphQL API Integration for Full-Stack Apps with PostGraphile [Tutorial Part 2]

In part two of this tutorial series, we look at the key features of GraphQL and how to integrate it with PostGraphile to enhance the back-end of our full-stack application.

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Pedro Manfroi
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Full-stack

My Week With GitHub Copilot: AI Pair Programming Review

Does GitHub Copilot speed up daily work? Are the AI suggestions valid? Is it worth the cost? We answer these questions and more in this full review of the tool.

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Rafael Goulart
Senior Full-stack Developer
Project Management

Planning to Monitor Remote Employees? Here’s What You Should Know

Remote employee monitoring has become a popular practice in recent years. Here’s what employers looking to monitor performance should consider.

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Damien Filiatrault
Founder & CEO
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For Freelancers

How to Set Up Your Scalable Path Profile

If you are looking to work as a remote freelancer through Scalable Path, completing your profile is the best way to get noticed and increase your chances of being matched with client projects. Here’s how to get started....

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Veronica Arreche
Head of Talent
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For Freelancers

Online Learning Platforms and Resources for Software Developers

Although the fundamental principles of software development have remained the same for decades, technology is always changing with new ideas, libraries, and tools arising every day, making it that much more important to keep up-to-date.

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Leandro Luque
Senior Developer
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Project Management

How to Write Technical Documentation for Software Projects

There are many types of documentation in the software world. Of these, technical documentation is one of the most frequently neglected.

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Trevor Wencl
Software Architect
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PHP

What’s New in Laravel 9: An In-Depth Review

Laravel is an open-source PHP web application framework that provides a structure and starting point for building both simple and complex web apps. Learn everything you need to know about the framework’s latest updates and upgrading your app to Laravel 9.

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Guilherme Assemany
Technical Interviewer
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Project Management

The Ultimate Guide to Software Project Estimation

Estimating is, by definition, a guess about the future. The fact is that the majority of software projects aren’t delivered on time, run over budget, and end up with fewer features than originally planned. Over the past 10 years, we’ve developed a methodology...

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Damien Filiatrault
Founder & CEO
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Project Management

How to Write an Effective Product Requirements Document

Any aspiring product owner looking to build a great software product could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. A quick Google search turns up a lot of conflicting, dated examples for a product requirements document. People used to follow Waterfall model and define everything their software would do at the outset (think bloated Use Cases and UML diagrams). We don’t want to waste precious time trying&...

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Damien Filiatrault
Founder & CEO
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Android

Android Tutorial: Creating Buttons That Appear Conditionally on Scroll

Imagine you’re scrolling down a very long screen (this is a common situation with Privacy Policies). As you scroll down the ‘Accept’ button scrolls off the screen. This is a short but helpful Android Tutorial for fixing this UX problem. I will show you how to place the button in an alternative position: the bottom of the screen. When the original button reappears, the button at the bottom…...

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Aris Papadopoulo
Android Software Engineer
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Data Science

Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA): Definition and Techniques

One of the most important things you can do when approaching a data science project is really understand the dataset you’re working with as a first step. Without a proper data exploration process in place, it becomes much more challenging to identify critical issues or successfully carry out a deeper analysis of the dataset. Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) in Data Science is a step in&...

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Nicolas Azevedo
Senior Data Scientist