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Toptal Design Blog Color of the Year 2020

by Cameron Chapman

The Toptal Design Blog’s Color of the Year 2020 aims to bring hope and positivity to the coming year, while also helping designers (and those they design for) connect with nature and stay grounded.

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Maintain Control: A Guide to Webpack and React, Pt. 1

by Michael Pontus

When starting a new React project, you have many templates to choose from. These templates are able to support application development at a very large scale. But they leave the developer experience and bundle output saddled with various defaults, which may not be ideal.

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How Open-Loop Processes Disrupt Information Flow in Business

by Allan Milne Lees

The essence of a good process is very similar to the manner in which SQL-based relational databases were designed to ensure transactional consistency. Learn how closing open-loop processes saved tens of millions of dollars for a pharma company.

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Case Study: Why I Use AWS Cloud Infrastructure for My Products

by Tomislav Capan

As a platform for running complex and demanding software products, AWS offers flexibility by using resources only when needed and scaling on demand. In this article, Toptal JavaScript Developer Tomislav Capan explains why he uses AWS and what provisioned infrastructure can do for clients.

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The Power of Touch – The Evolution of Button Design (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

Today, buttons are darlings of the design world, and product teams obsess over their every detail. But 150 years ago, they didn’t even exist. Learn how buttons rose from obscurity to design stardom.

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Strategies To Recession-Proof Your Business

by Alex Graham, CFA

Some industries like healthcare and utilities are naturally recession-proof. However, if you operate in more cyclical sectors, there is a range of initiatives that you can implement to make your business more resilient to economic shocks.

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Oracle to SQL Server and SQL Server to Oracle Migration Guide - Pt. 2

by Leonid Draginsky

Migrating in either direction between Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database? This round of pitfalls to avoid includes coverage of sequences, identity columns, and filtered indexes.

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Building Reactive Apps with Redux, RxJS, and Redux-Observable in React Native

by Sourabh Verma

While Redux is a great state management solution, it doesn’t support asynchronous behavior by default. A way around this is to use redux-observable, based on RxJS - a powerful library for reactive programming in JavaScript.

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Change for the Good or Bad? A Guide to UX Innovation

by Cameron Chapman

From the earliest text-based websites that effectively had no “design” beyond the default browser settings, to current design trends and standards, design constantly evolves and improves.

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