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Robo-advisor Industry: Technological Efficiency or Risky 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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Financial Modeling Case Study: OOVA

by Elizabeth J. Howell Hanano, CFA

Amy Divaraniya, CEO and co-founder of OOVA, created a product she knew the market needed. Yet, while she was pitching investors trying to close her seed round, she found that the financial projections needed a fresh pair of eyes.

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Remote Brand Strategy Workshops: The Ultimate Step-by-step Guide

by Charlie Osborne

Brand strategy workshops align stakeholders and set the tone for the work that follows. Better still, they produce brands that go beyond aesthetic appeal to achieve business goals.

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Building the Next Big Thing – A Guide to Business Idea Development

by Brendan Fitzgerald

Business idea development for new venture concepts is a mixture of art and science. There are playbooks to follow that ensure ideas are validated objectively to ensure financial and opportunity cost risks are minimized.

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Terraform vs. CloudFormation: The Definitive Guide

by Fabrice Triboix

Choosing between infrastructure-as-code tools CloudFormation and Terraform can be arduous. It's helpful to have some advice from someone with practical experience scaling apps using both technologies.

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Launching a Spring Boot Application Programmatically

by Igor Delac

Starting a Spring Boot application in the command line is as simple as it gets. But what if we want to run our application from another Java program? In this article, Toptal Java Developer Igor Delac demonstrates how you can start a Spring Boot app programmatically using just a few lines of code.

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