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Apr 15, 2017

The H-1B Visa: An iOS Developer’s Journey from Honduras to Silicon Valley

BY CARLOS HERNANDEZ – SOFTWARE DEVELOPER @ TOPTAL #Freelancing #H-1B #Immigration #iOS Read the Portuguese version of this article translated by Eduardo Kienetz, the Spanish version translated by Pablo Fabregat and the Russian version translated by Rakhim Davletkaliyev

These days, I’m living in the great city of San Francisco. I’ve got an iOS development job that I love, and one that I’ve dreamt of having for a long time. Everything seems easy now, but it wasn’t always like this.

How it all started

I was born in San Pedro Sula, a small town in the northwest corner of Honduras. I started programming when I was 12 years old. It all began with BASIC. One day, I [...]

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Mar 6, 2017

How to Write Automated Tests for iOS

BY JOSIP PETRIĆ – FREELANCE SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ TOPTAL

#Automated #iOS #Testing #UI #Unit #XCode

As a good developer, you do your best to test all the functionality and every possible code path and outcome in the software that you write. But it is extremely rare and unusual to be able to manually test every possible outcome and every possible path a user might take.

As the application gets bigger and more complex, the likelihood that you are going to miss something through manual testing increases significantly.

Automated testing, both of the UI and the back-end service APIs, will make you more confident that everything works as intended [...]

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Feb 20, 2017

Learning Swift Programming: Is it Ready for Prime Time?

BY JOSHUA BALLANCO – SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ TOPTAL #Apple #iOS #ObjectiveC #Swift

Apple’s launch this past June of Swift, a new programming language for writing iOS apps, created a great deal of buzz and excitement throughout the iOS developer community.

Since its launch, many iOS developers have been struggling with the question of if, how, and when to transition from Objective-C to Swift. The answer to that question will of course be different for every team and every project.

There are a number articles you can read covering many of the advantages of Swift. So instead of rehashing those same points, in this article we’ll instead focus on some of the concerns [...]

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Feb 13, 2017

Boost Your Productivity With Clever Travel Hardware

BY NERMIN HAJDARBEGOVIC – TECHNICAL EDITOR @ TOPTAL

#4G #Freelance #Remote #TravelHardware

Nevermind Game of Thrones, winter is not coming, at least not in the northern hemisphere. It’s summertime, and here at Toptal that usually means many of our freelance developers and designers are either on the road or getting ready to hit the beach.

When I started writing this, some of our people were in Portugal, trying to work out the math behind surfboards. Now it’s my turn, and I’m wrapping up my draft with a nice view of the Adriatic Sea, just a few miles away from the best windsurfing spot in Europe.

Yes, I’m a workaholic, so this might as well be a [...]

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