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How to Prevent Feature Creep with User Story Best Practices

by Florence Dairo

Designers should not rely on user stories alone to prevent feature creep. However, working with them provides the critical measurements designers need to deliver products with great user experiences.

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Serializing Complex Objects in JavaScript

by Luke Wilson

The Tanagra.js library is designed to be simple and lightweight, and it currently supports Node.js and ES6 classes. The main implementation supports JSON, and an experimental version supports Google Protocol Buffers.

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Starting an App Business the Right Way

by Natasha Ketabchi

Building an app-based business can be a daunting project: Within such a competitive space, how can you make your app stand out, attract and retain the right audience, and then monetize it?

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Optimizing Retailer Revenue with Sales Forecasting AI

by Ahmed Khaled

Retailers often face supply and demand issues that cause them to miss out on potential sales or tie up a lot of money in overstocked products. In this article, Toptal Data Scientist Ahmed Khaled explains how retailers can boost revenues and cut costs with sales forecasts backed by artificial intelligence.

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K8s/Kubernetes: AWS vs. GCP vs. Azure

by Guillaume Dury

Kubernetes ("K8s") won the battle of container orchestration tools. Now AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud each offer a managed Kubernetes version. How do they compare?

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Safe and Sound – How to Approach Password UX

by Mayank Sharma

For too long, the user experience of password management has been ignored, leading to serious losses for businesses and users alike. It’s time for designers to rethink every aspect of password UX.

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API Development in Go Using Goa

by Gleidson Nascimento

Your code is described in your API definition using a Golang Domain Specific Language (DSL), then generated using the Goa CLI, and implemented separately from your application source code.

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Quality of Earnings: A Key Pillar of Financial Due Diligence

by Saveen Kumar

Financial due diligence is the process of making sure the price of an asset is in line with its operating performance “under the hood.” Assessing the quality of earnings is one of its key tests: How sustainable is the business’ reported financial performance?

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Embeddings in Machine Learning: Making Complex Data Simple

by Yaroslav Kopotilov

Working with non-numerical data can be challenging, even for seasoned data scientists. To make good use of such data, it needs to be transformed. But how? In this article, Toptal Data Scientist Yaroslav Kopotilov will introduce you to embeddings and demonstrate how they can be used to visualize complex data and make it usable.

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