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Coliving Trends for the Remote Work Lifestyle

by Kent Mundle

The freedom to travel is a boon to the remote work lifestyle, but finding the right type of housing can be a challenge. Luckily, a variety of coliving spaces now cater to different needs.

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Business Analytics Tips: Harness Your Data to Improve Decision-making

by Natasha Ketabchi

Many organizations that think they’re data-driven are still in first gear. How do you go from simply collecting a lot of data to setting up a business analytics function that actually tells you how to tweak your model to improve profitability?

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Full-stack NLP with React: Ionic vs Cordova vs React Native

by Shanglun Wang

JavaScript frameworks based on React can help you build a fast, reliable mobile app, but it’s not always easy to determine which framework is best for your project. Choosing the wrong framework can result in an app with slow and redundant code. JavaScript expert Sean Wang builds the same natural language processing mobile application using Cordova, Ionic, and React Native, then discusses the advantages and limitations of each.

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Another Dimension, New Mastery – An Isometric Illustration Tutorial

by Majo Puterka

How can inexperienced illustrators build their skills (and hopefully land more clients)? Look no further than this refreshingly fun isometric illustration tutorial.

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A Deep Dive into the Future of Mobility

by Francesco Castellano

The paradigm of what a car is and how we use it is changing. Energy innovation, artificial intelligence advances, societal tastes, and environmental concerns are all affecting how we get around in the future.

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Product Backlog Prioritization with Multiple Key Stakeholders: A Case Study

by Chris Sykes

Managing conflicting requests from product stakeholders can be time-consuming. Learn how to prioritize product backlog items with multiple stakeholders through a dedicated workshop.

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SQL Indexes Explained, Pt. 2

by Mirko Marović

Sorting a table can make some queries faster—but the maintenance cost is untenable. Enter real database indexes and their most common implementation structure: the B-tree.

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Webflow Advantages for No Code Web Design – A Case Study

by Mayank Sharma

A new generation of no code web design tools promises to free designers from the tedium of traditional web development. We explore how to use Webflow to design and launch a startup company website.

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Why Investors Are Choosing Independent Sponsor Models vs. Traditional PE Funds

by Pierre-Alexandre Heurtebize

For investors fed up with private equity management fees on uncommitted capital, the independent sponsor model might be the answer. Pierre-Alexandre Heurtebize demystifies the growing model, analyzing the pros and cons from the perspective of investors as well as investee companies.

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