Onboarding Software Developers
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Ten Tips to Make Onboarding Remote Software Developers a Success

Onboarding remote software developers is challenging. This blog shares ten tips to make your onboarding program successful even when working remotely!

More and more businesses have started realizing the benefits of remote work, including increased productivity, decreased employee turnover rate, and reduced absenteeism.  These benefits have made hiring remote software developers a significant preference.

However, the needs of remote working engineers are different from those of office workers, and this applies to their onboarding process as well.

Here are ten ways you can make your remote onboarding program successful:

  1. Maintain equal prioritization of software developers working in-office and remotely

    Onboarding remote and on-site employees together is a challenging task. Ensuring that all new software developers feel comfortable and sufficiently welcomed to participate and ask questions is essential.
    Create an inclusive environment where everyone can see the onboarding presentation and hear what the presenter and other participants say. Place microphones and cameras to cover the entire space to make sure that everyone can learn effectively.
  2. Eliminate Stress With a Structured Approach

    Provide the new hires with information to help them understand their role and how they can be successful. 
    • Give them a brief overview of the software development team’s goals and KPIs.
    • Outline your company’s appraisal process.
    • Talk about their potential career path. Let them know what resources you provide that can help them grow.
    • Have a conversation about how high-level decisions are made within the company.
  3. Host get-to-know-you sessions

    Onboarding is not only about sharing information about the company. It’s also about getting to know each other.
    During your onboarding program, you can conduct random breakout sessions to give your remote employees the chance to talk to their coworkers and build relationships.
  4. Make your onboarding process fun!

    Onboarding Remote Software Developers

    Onboarding Remote Software Developers a Success: Make it Fun


    A presentation format can become monotonous quickly; however, you can’t afford to let your software developers get distracted while you’re sharing important information.
    To ensure your new hires don’t burn out with too much information, you can make your onboarding program fun by gamifying a few sessions with trivia and more. 
  5. Encourage new hires to participate

    While providing information about your organization is essential, you also need to encourage software developers to ask questions. However, new hires are more guarded during this phase and may not feel very comfortable doing so.
    Hiring remote working software developers comes with the added challenge of being proactive and constantly encouraging them to participate. For example, you can set Q&A sessions where people can vocalize queries they may have had during the presentation.
  6. Play some music!

    It is a struggle to keep your energy up during hours of presentations. You can play some music during your session breaks to help your remote working employees feel refreshed. This way, they are ready to focus when the session starts again.
    At Turing, we encourage employees to add their favorite regional music to a Spotify playlist. This practice helps everyone realize the diversity of the team and feel more connected.
  7. Cater lunch

    New hires feel special when the company goes out of its way to show them how much they care. You can arrange to deliver lunch to your remote employees. If that seems like too much of a hassle, you can let them enjoy a free lunch of their choice and cover the cost.
    This small touch will encourage them to feel even more connected to the company during the second half of the presentation.
  8. Host happy hour

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    Onboarding Remote Software Developers: Happy Hour


    While the
    get-to-know sessions can help participants engage with their coworkers, you can’t host these sessions for long.
    You can arrange for an informal after-work meeting to conduct games, ice-breaker sessions, or simply get a cup of coffee and talk to your coworkers.
  9. Create an accessible resource library

    During the onboarding sessions, the information you share will be pretty extensive, especially for software developers unfamiliar with the company. As a result, it can be difficult for them to retain and recall everything necessary.
    You may find it helpful to create a resource library with vital information and documents and share it with your new hires. Such a library will make it easier for them to look for information when they need it without asking others about it.
  10. Make it memorable

    Regardless of where the software developers reside, you can always do something to make their onboarding program memorable. Sharing company swag like t-shirts and coffee mugs or putting together a ‘welcome to the company’ kit, including branded stickers, diaries, and more, can be an excellent way to get started.

Summary

Creating a welcoming remote employee onboarding experience is essential to ensure you set your software developers up for success from day one. 

Therefore, while hiring remote software developers, it’s vital to create a clearly defined onboarding process. This process helps them gain a better understanding of their responsibilities and makes them feel valued. 

If you’d like to know more about how you can make your onboarding process successful, you can read the complete article here

But before working on creating an excellent onboarding process, you need to find and hire skilled and experienced software developers. If you’re looking to hire remote developers for your team, Turing can help. 

Turing’s automated platform lets companies “push a button” to hire senior, pre-vetted remote software developers. Access a talent pool of the top 1% of  1M+ developers with strong technical and communication skills who work in your time zone. There’s no risk. 

Turing offers a free two-week trial period to make sure your developers deliver to your standards.

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By October 25, 2021
Vue vs React
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Vue vs React: Which Framework to Choose and When

This blog juxtaposes Vue and React to help you make the right decision. Dive in for a detailed Vue vs React comparison.

In a recent interview, Manaf, a software developer at Turing.com, shared his views on a much-debated topic: Vue vs. React. He highlighted the fundamental differences and similarities between the two front-end frameworks.

JavaScript front-end frameworks like Vue.JS and React have seen an exponential rise in the past few years. As a result, developers around the globe have been using these frameworks for web development. While developers mostly use React to work on the view layer for both mobile and web applications, Vue.js is used to build various web interfaces and one-page applications. 

Vue vs. React: How do the two frameworks differ from each other?

Vue vs. React

Vue vs. React: How do the two frameworks differ from each other?

Manaf highlighted the following points while comparing Vue vs. React. 

  • In general, Vue.js focuses on the activity, and React focuses on immutability. According to immutability,  each object should be mutated, and unidirectional data should go from up to down to the components.
  • In React, you have to call an API, assign the results and separate them into the state. On the other hand, as a component framework for building web applications, Vue.js does most of the work in the background, and developers don’t have to worry about repetitive tasks. 
  • React is a library. You need to tell it what to do and manage all the aspects of this library. For instance, if you are using a Redux, you will have to add a middleware to the Redux, and then you have to add middleware for the APIs to manage the correct data flow. While in Vue.js, you don’t have to perform this task as it is already operating in the background.

Vue vs. React: Is it ok to use React with TypeScript? 

TypeScript supports JSX and can correctly model the patterns used in React codebases like useState. You just need to have a good understanding of React along with familiarity with TypeScript Types. Using React with TypeScript, the code becomes much easier to read and use. It also becomes easier to define Prop types, among others. 

React is better to use with TypeScript because if you are passing data from component to component, you need to ensure that the child component is a type of the parent component. This language helps developers to avoid problems like mistyping. For example, you send an object from the parent to the child component and while the child is expecting a string. This coding may lead to a runtime error. TypeScript gives you a solid frame for the data flow application, which helps in avoiding such situations. And hence, you should use it. 

Vue vs. React: Benefits 

For Vue.js:

  • Vue.js is great for building a single-page application or a progressive web application.
  • Vue.js has an easy learning curve, and it focuses on the UI. Thus you don’t have to think much about the UI part

For React:

  • If you are planning to develop an application with easy testing and debugging, then use React.
  • React provides high performance for video streaming platforms.
  • React performs efficiently with a large amount of data and UIs and a lot of interactivity with the users.

Vue vs. React: Similarities between the two

  • Both the frameworks enable writing front-end with JavaScript.
  • They both make use of Virtual DOM.
  • React.js has Redux, and Vue.js has Vuex, a state management pattern + library for Vue.js applications and used in the same way as Redux.
  • From a search engine optimized application point of view, React has Next.js while Vue has Nuxt.js 
  • Both the frameworks use component structures

Vue vs. React: Final Verdict

Vue vs React

Vue vs React: Final Verdict

There is no clear answer as to which framework overpowers the other in the Vue vs. React debate. Both frameworks play a vital role in web app development and have their advantages and disadvantages. At the end of the day, the framework that a developer chooses depends on the type of project they are handling and how a particular framework will help them achieve the goals for that project. 

No matter what your choice is in the Vue vs. React debate, if landing a remote US software job is something that interests you, try Turing. 

Turing is an AI-based platform that helps developers to find long-term remote jobs with top US-based companies. Visit our Jobs page to know more! 

Watch the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sozj-C59VRI 

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By October 20, 2021
Turing Distinguished Engineering Leader Series
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Turing Distinguished Leader Series: Building and Managing Remote Teams

Engineering leaders share insights on building and managing remote teams.

The Turing Distinguished Leader Series features engineering leaders in conversation with Jonathan Siddharth, Co-Founder and CEO of Turing.com. The series dives deeper into distributed teams—the emerging new-normal model for lean, productive, and global teams. With every session, the host and guest speakers take the audience through the benefits, challenges, and solutions for remote-first companies—all of this straight from people who are building global remote teams themselves. 

The advantages of boundaryless teams outweigh their challenges with every passing day. The distinguished engineering leaders shed light on exactly why that is happening in each of the sessions.

Here are the key takeaways:

Remote over Hybrid

Turing Distinguished Engineering Leader Series

Turing Distinguished Leader Series: Remote over Hybrid

Long-term sustainable remote work environments are on the rise. Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab, explains why: “A lot of engineering leaders are keeping some office space and trying to go hybrid. There’s this thought that hybrid is going to be the best of both worlds. But without a lot of intentionalities, hybrid organizations can easily become the worst of both worlds. You do not want to foster an environment where a subset of your organization works office-first, and another subset works remote-first. You want everyone working remote-first because that makes your company more resilient to future crises.”

Vishal Punwani, CEO and co-founder of Sophya, agrees. He shares why remote has the edge over hybrid setup: “I think my company used to believe a lot more in what hybrid could be, but our thinking has evolved. This might sound contentious, but we believe that hybrid is a delay tactic. One of my friends said the other day: “Off-site is the new on-site.” So I think the hybrid model will not last for very long; instead, it will develop into a corporate structure that enables people to work from anywhere forever.”

Leading a remote team requires a unique set of skills

Henrik Hussfelt, the Director of Engineering at Proxy, shares a few insights for a first-time leader of remote teams: “Starting a new position can be challenging. As an engineering leader, you are always playing a puzzle, figuring out which pieces go where. The only way to do that successfully is by interacting with as many people as possible.”

Hussfelt also suggests that when you start with something new, it’s always a good idea to expose yourself as you have no clue what you’re doing. “You can always tell them [your colleagues] that they need to explain it [new processes] to you like you’re a five-year-old. I suggest you tell them that you’re going to keep asking these questions until you get it so that you can do a better job supporting [the organization],” he says. 

Michael Immell, Director of Engineering at Rachio, adds that finding a mentor in your first days is essential. “As an engineering leader, you need to know that you’re going to make mistakes. There are going to be good days and rough days. Find a mentor you believe is a good leader. You must reach out to them and say: ‘I enjoy the way you lead your organization. Could you spare some time to work with me on some things that I want to get better at?’ Having a mentor can be very helpful,” Immell notes. 

Murph adds: “You should hire a Head of Remote or put someone in charge of the remote transition. There’s nothing more important to the company than signaling that this [going remote] is a serious and long-term consideration.”

Kelly Graiadei, Founder and GP at f7 Ventures, shares why leaders should be mindful about culture: “You’re moving fast as a founder and an engineering leader, and you have a whole bunch of competing priorities. But what should be on that priority list is being intentional about the culture from the very start. Letting negative culture run away from you at the beginning can be incredibly damaging. So it’s essential to be thoughtful about that upfront. Then, as a founder, you need to model a lot of that behavior.” 

Remote prioritizes talent and flexibility 

Remote work has altered the job landscape in favor of the skilled, opening a sea of opportunities for people across the globe. “Talent is everywhere. But there are many talented people out there who are unwilling to move [for a job]. Now, we’re seeing a change where these talented people can be anywhere and work with anyone. And this is just the beginning of that paradigm shift,” explains Hussfelt.

According to GitLab’s research one in three people said that if their work refused to allow flexibility coming out of COVID, they would just find another job. 

Murph believes that this trend will only rise post-pandemic. “People are already enjoying the freedom and autonomy of remote work during the worst of times. So from a talent acquisition and retention standpoint, there’s no going back [to the office] for many people. So engineering leaders and organizations are going to have to answer the question as to what is their stance on workplace flexibility,” he adds. 

Immell sheds light on how the shift to remote has resulted in happier employees. He says: “Remote work is giving people back a lot of their time. Data shows that people have higher job satisfaction, and they’re putting in a little more time because they have their offices set up at home. They’re feeling better about their company and their job. Most importantly, they feel supported. So I think that’s the greatest opportunity.”

Remote is about balance and transparency 

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Turing Distinguished Leader Series: Balance and Transparency

Graziadei shares why transparency is intrinsic to managing distributed teams: “As an engineering leader, you need to keep some basics in mind—things like time zones, for example. Everyone needs to feel respected. They should not think that that one team should always have the team meeting at midnight. You need to rotate so that each time zone has to flex and give at different times. You also have to just be thoughtful around reading the room and reading language differences. If someone’s quieter, allow them to take the floor and be heard.”

Hussfelt elaborates on why transparency is the key to success for remote organizations. “You should create channels in which team members can talk about their issues and get help from everyone collaboratively. You should try and set a culture where it’s okay to ask any question. This way, you’re going to have a much easier way to onboard new people and keep the information flowing,” he notes. 

Punwani agrees. He says that remote engineering leaders should be upfront about their organization’s values and expectations: “Good relationships are at the foundation of a remote-first organization. A quote goes, ‘Your culture is what happens when the founder isn’t around.’ What that means is that not only do you have to have excellent standards, but you have to have clearly articulated principles. And so it starts from the hiring process. You need to be upfront with all of your candidates and tell them this is who we are and this is what it will be like to work with us. 

The Turing Distinguishes Leader Series features exceptional engineering leaders sharing their perspectives on building and managing remote, distributed teams. The series aims to equip engineering leaders at high-growth startups and large tech companies with tactical best practices to help people become more effective engineering managers. The focus of this initiative is to help remote teams achieve excellence in a boundaryless world.

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By October 19, 2021
Node.JS vs Golang, Which one should you choose
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Node.js vs. Golang: Which One’s Best for You?

Golang beats Node in performance but Node’s learning curve is smoother than Golang. So, which tool should you use? In this blog, we evaluate and answer this question.

In any web development process, information needs to be stored and retrieved, logic has to be followed, and results need to be calculated, for which back-end development process is followed; commonly, back-end development is about writing codes, constructing APIs, libraries, and components for websites, applications, and computer software.

Node.js vs. Golang: Comparision 

Two of the most popular programming languages for back-end development are Go (Golang) and Node JS. Both are new and are growing in popularity, but in very distinct ways and for very different reasons. They are part of a shift away from backend development using standard server-side languages (PHP, Java).

So, let’s figure out which technology is suitable for your project. How do you tell which of the two next-generation web app development languages, Go (Golang) vs Node.js, is the winner? Read this comparison of Node.js and Golang, in which we assess both languages and provide a perfect answer to this question.

Node.js vs. Golang: Performance

This is where the differences between Node JS and Go truly shine. 

One of Golang’s best qualities is its speed and memory management. These only come second to low-level languages like C and Rust. Golang programs thrive on a robust yet minimalist structure thanks to their memory management capabilities like garbage collectors and native goroutines.

Golang is pre-compiled to machine code; that’s why it has a faster startup and compile time. On the other hand, JavaScript is dynamically typed and interpreted, taking longer to execute. 

Node JS has its strengths too. It borrowed a non-blocking and asynchronous architecture from JavaScript, allowing tiny activities to run in the background without interfering with the main thread. An important feature since it only supports one thread. For this reason, Node JS manages to come off as a multi-threaded language while only doing one action at a time.

Node.js vs. Golang: Web Development

Node.Js vs Golang

Node.js vs. Golang: Performance

Both Node and Golang stake their claims in this space. 

With an event-based framework, microservices architecture, and strong reusability, Node JS was created to provide an environment where JavaScript could build front-end and back-end web servers in one place. In addition, with 800,000 tools or “building blocks” dedicated to web development, NPM, the Node JS package manager, is the show-stopper of the whole operation. 

However, navigating these barriers is tough because one can quickly publish an NPM package, making it impossible to find a reliable tool.

Similarly, Node JS struggles when it comes to high computational demands. Node JS incorporates JavaScript, a front-end language, into a back-end runtime environment. Even though Node JS has implemented measures to improve its single-thread nature, large queries can still consume the CPU and slow down processing time.

Golang, on the other hand, was designed for large network servers and complex computations that Node JS just cannot handle. Moreover, it’s concurrent, so it doesn’t have to cut corners to run numerous processes simultaneously, making enterprise applications more efficient. 

While Go may not have 800,000 blocks, it offers great capabilities like go fmt, Go doc, go mod, and go run, which allow developers to build entire web servers without using any other frameworks or third-party services.

Go is also compiled into a single static binary, allowing users to dump it wherever they need it. In contrast, the Node JS interpreter must be installed on workstations for JavaScript to run.

The bottom line: Golang is preferable for large-scale back-end web development. It provides more flexibility and reliability when it comes to developing web servers. However, if you want to run small projects or generate front-end code bundles, Node JS may be a better choice.

Node.js vs. Golang: Scalability

Node JS is single-threaded, which implies that it executes the instructions one after the other. And this could be its Achilles’ heel when it comes to huge applications that require tremendous scale and a high number of concurrent processes. Event callbacks in JavaScript do allow for some concurrency, although they aren’t very useful.

Golang, on the other hand, is more suited for scalability thanks to its coroutines, which it refers to as ‘goroutines.’ Goroutines allow many threads to run simultaneously. This allows parallel activities to be completed quickly and reliably. So, in this round of Golang vs. Node JS, Go comes out on top. 

Because of its simple and convenient scalability, Golang became the language of choice for Docker and Dropbox developers, who saw the possibilities Golang provided for building large applications with significant scaling capacity.

Node.js vs. Golang: Error Handling

In terms of error handling, Golang necessitates explicit error checks while the program runs normally and returns error codes afterward. This method may appear tough at first, but it assures greater consistency and reliability in the end. 

Node JS employs the throw/catch system, with mistakes being ‘caught’ as soon as they occur. This method is typical of the error handling that many programmers are familiar with. So in terms of familiarity and ease of use, Node JS races ahead.

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Node.js vs. Golang: A Brief Summary

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Node.js vs. Golang: Comparison

Node.js vs. Golang: The Final Verdict

It’s challenging to place one tool over the other after comparing Golang and Node JS from various perspectives. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Before making the final call, you should examine the size of your project, its structure, and the type of development process that best suits your company goals.

But remember, no matter which back-end tool you employ, the best results can only come from an expert Node JS developer or a Golang developer.

Enter Turing. Turing’s automated platform lets companies “push a button” to hire senior, pre-vetted remote software developers. You can access a talent pool of the top 1% of 1M+ developers with strong technical and communication skills who work in their time zone. There’s no risk. Turing offers a free two-week trial period to make sure your developers deliver to your standards.

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By October 18, 2021
The Basics of Web Application Penetration Testing
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The Basics of Web Application Penetration Testing

Web application penetration testing can help organizations achieve the highest system security. Here’s everything you need to know about penetration testing.

Due to the increase in the complexity of cyberattacks, companies are investing more resources than ever to secure their systems from reputational and financial losses. One of the most used security testing techniques is web application penetration testing, Pen Test or Pen Testing. 

Web Application Penetration Testing

Web Application Penetration Testing: Market Research

Web application penetration testing involves simulating cyberattacks against application systems (APIs, front-end servers, back-end servers) to identify exploitable vulnerabilities and access sensitive data. It helps companies verify their systems’ security, identify any vulnerabilities and their scope of the damage, and develop strategies to mitigate potential threats. 

Types of web application penetration testing

There are two major types of penetration testing for web applications:

  • Internal pen testing

    This type of testing focuses on the web applications hosted on the intranet within the organization. The goal is to identify any potential vulnerabilities within the corporate firewall by using invalid credentials to access the system and determining the possible damage and route of attacks. Some of the most common internal attacks are: 
    1. Simulation of Phishing attacks 
    2. Malicious employee attacks 
    3. Attacks using user privileges 
    4. Social engineering attacks
  • External pen testing

    This type of penetration testing focuses on external attacks on the web applications hosted on the internet. The testers (aka ethical hackers) simulate external attacks using the IP address of the target system. External pen testing involves testing the applications’ firewalls, IDS, DNS, and front-end & back-end servers.
    In addition to these, there are a few more approaches to pentest, such as blind testing, double-blind, and targeted testing.
    Web application penetration testing

    Web Application Penetration Testing: Importance

Steps of Web Application Penetration Testing:

  • Planning and reconnaissance

    This step involves defining the goals and objectives of the test process, gathering information (servers, networks, domain names, etc.), and choosing the tools and techniques for testing. Based on the type of interaction required with the target system, there are two types of reconnaissance:
    • Active Reconnaissance

      In this process, the tester directly probes the target system to gather information. Some of the approaches for active reconnaissance are:
      • Shodan network scanner 
      • Fingerprinting the web application 
      • DNS zone transfer 
      • DNS forward and reverse lookup
    • Passive Reconnaissance

      The tester gathers the information available on the internet without having a direct interaction with the target system.
      Some of the popular tools used for web application penetration testing are listed below:
      • W3af
      • Veracode
      • Burp Suite
      • SQLMap
      • ZAP
      • Metasploit
      • Acunetix
      • Vega
      • Skipfish
      • Ratproxy
      • NetSparker
      • Watcher
  • Scanning and exploitation

    Once the testers have all the required information at their disposal, they can simulate cyberattacks on the web applications and discover the target’s vulnerabilities. The next step is to exploit those vulnerabilities by gaining access to privileged information, stealing data, modifying system configurations, intercepting traffic, and more to estimate the amount of damage they can cause to the target system. Some of the test scenarios for simulating cyberattacks are listed below:
    • Cross-Site Scripting
    • Security Misconfigurations
    • SQL Injection
    • Password Cracking
    • Caching Servers Attacks
    • Cross-Site Request Forgery
    • File Upload flaws
    • Broken authentication and session management
  • Analysis and reporting

    A detailed report is compiled to outline the significant findings of the test process. The report includes all the details such as sensitive data exposed, a list of exploited vulnerabilities, the time duration for which the tester could maintain undetected access to the system, etc. This information is shared with the security personnel to analyze and configure the company’s WAF settings, fix the most critical parts, and implement application security policies to patch vulnerabilities and protect against future threats. 

Conclusion

Web Application Penetration Testing

Web Application Penetration Testing: Conclusion

Web applications are the primary source of business for numerous companies. With thousands of transactions taking place every second, securing these applications from attacks and data theft becomes crucial. Web application penetration testing can help organizations achieve the highest system security and prepare for any potential threat. Security personnel can leverage the latest testing tools to examine the existing source code, servers, WAF, database connectivity, APIs, third-party integrations, etc., to discover vulnerabilities, mitigate risks, and update security policies.

Excellent security measures are intrinsic to a great web application, but so are superior software developers. So if you’re looking to scale your software development team, try Turing. 

Turing’s automated platform lets companies “push a button” to hire senior, pre-vetted remote software developers. Access a talent pool of the top 1% of 1M+ developers with strong technical and communication skills who work in your time zone. There’s no risk. Turing offers a free two-week trial period to make sure your developers deliver to your standards.

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By October 14, 2021
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