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How to Set Up Bitcoin Full Nodes

Styled-Components: CSS-in-JS Library for the Modern Web

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This post was written by Jeremy Davis, JavaScript Developer for Toptal. CSS was designed for documents, what the “old web” was expected to contain. The emergence of pre-processors like Sass or Less shows that the community needs more than what CSS offers. With web apps getting more and more complex over time, CSS’ limitations have become increasingly visible and...

Python Multithreading and Multiprocessing Tutorial

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This post was written by Marcus McCurdy, Software Engineer for Toptal Discussions criticizing Python often talk about how it is difficult to use Python for multithreaded work, pointing fingers at what is known as the global interpreter lock (affectionately referred to as the GIL) that prevents multiple threads of Python code from running simultaneously. Due to...

How to Build an Effective Initial Deployment Pipeline

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This post was written by Amin Shah Gilani, JavaScript developer for Toptal. I love building things—what developer doesn’t? I love thinking up solutions to interesting problems, writing implementations, and creating beautiful code. However, what I don’t like is operations. Operations is everything not involved in building great software—everything from setting up servers to getting your code shipped to...

Best Programming Editors? A Never Ending Battle With No Clear Winner

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This post was written by Phillip Brennan, Software Developer for Toptal. Regardless of the apparent evidence to the contrary, programmers are humans. And, as all humans, we like taking advantage over our freedom of choice. Whether that choice is about taking the red pill or the blue pill, wearing a dress or pants, or using one...

Declarative Programming: Is It A Real Thing?

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This post was written by Federico Pereiro, JavaScript Developer for Toptal. Declarative programming is, currently, the dominant paradigm of an extensive and diverse set of domains such as databases, templating and configuration management. In a nutshell, declarative programming consists of instructing a program on what needs to be done, instead of telling it how to do it. In practice, this approach...

How to Set Up Bitcoin Full Nodes

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What’s a Bitcoin full node? The Bitcoin network is a collection of computers all over the world running the Bitcoin Core software that verifies transactions and blocks. It’s the distribution of these “nodes” (the term for a computer attached to the network) and the fact that anyone can set one up that makes Bitcoin “decentralized.”...

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