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What Not to Do – The Beauty of Bad Product Design (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

Jacques Carelman’s bad product design was wonderfully absurd, but he wasn’t interested in humor for humor’s sake. We’re showcasing an infographic of his wildest inventions.

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How Freelance Private Equity Consultants Unlock Shareholder Value

by Natasha Ketabchi

How can PE funds effectively deploy $1.5 trillion in dry powder? One solution: outsource certain types of work to high-quality freelance private equity consultants. Consultants can enhance a PE team’s firepower both internally and externally.

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Quality Assurance Testing Perfected – A User Flow Tutorial

by Jade Russel Hancox

As products and services deploy faster and faster, quality assurance (QA) has to adapt and deliver more coverage in less time while maintaining high quality. In this article, Toptal Software Engineer Jade Russel Hancox examines how we can use the user flow to boost the speed and efficiency of QA processes without compromising on quality.

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Hybrid Power: Flutter Advantages and Benefits

by Asad Jibran Ahmed

Google's Flutter framework has quickly caught on among developers who want to target Android and iOS from the same codebase—and businesses who know the value of a single project team yielding presence in both markets.

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Adobe XD vs Sketch – Showdown 2020

by Vincent Abou Ghazale

Two heavyweight contenders continue to battle it out to capture the top spot for the most favored design tool: Adobe XD vs Sketch. Which tool will rule them all? We explore the differences in a comprehensive design tool showdown.

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Robo-advisor Industry Portfolio Risk: Efficiency or Corner-cutting?

by Ishwinder Singh, CFA

Robo-advisor investing uses algorithms (instead of humans) for portfolio selection and rebalancing. Its affordable ways have opened up wealth management options to the masses, but its means of quantifying risk need more sophistication and tailoring to individual circumstances.

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React Test-driven Development: From User Stories to Production

by Dave Hyungmok Lee

Employing a test-driven development (TDD) approach in React projects tends to be straightforward, especially with the aid of Jest and Enzyme. However, there are a few things to look out for. In this article, Toptal JavaScript Developer Dave Hyungmok Lee demonstrates his React TDD process, from epics and user stories to development and production.

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Design Constraints Are Not Restraints – They Stoke Creativity

by Micah Bowers

Design constraints are clues. They help designers triangulate between the problems, resources, and criteria inherent in every project and prevent precious time wasted on extraneous design ideas.

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A Complete Guide to Testing React Hooks

by Avi Aryan

A relatively recent addition to React, hooks have already changed React development for the better through improved code readability and state management. But how do we test them? In this article, Toptal React Developer Avi Aryan outlines why it is crucial to test hooks and introduces us to his React Hooks testing routine.

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