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Visual Regression Testing With Cypress: A Pragmatic Approach

Visual regression testing is not a new concept. Toptal engineers routinely use it, but with looming deadlines, they sometimes need to innovate and improvise.

This article demonstrates how Toptal QA specialists leveraged UI testing and Cypress to run visual regression tests without resorting to specialized tools.

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Rafael Anachoreta

Rafael Anachoreta

Rafael is a senior QA engineer with nearly 10 years of experience working with testing, automation, and monitoring to make teams and products better.

University of Minnesota Linux Ban Prompts Questions About Open Source

Researchers snuck vulnerabilities past the peer-review process and into the open-source Linux kernel codebase. What does this mean for the ubiquitous Linux kernel, and open source in general?

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Michael J. McDonald

Michael J. McDonald

Michael J. McDonald is an award-winning journalist who has worked at Bloomberg News and Thomson Financial.

Apple Arcade’s Lumen: A Promotional Art and Logo Case Study

In this logo case study, we explore how embracing skeuomorphic design and polishing 3D images in Photoshop helped one Toptal designer create standout marketing assets for the hit Apple Arcade game Lumen.

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Micah Bowers

Micah Bowers

Micah is a digital designer who has worked with clients such as Google, Deloitte, and Autodesk. He is also the Lead Editor of Toptal’s Design Blog, and his design expertise has been featured in Fast Company, TNW, and other notable publications.

Why MassMutual Ditched Hierarchical Job Titles—and Reaped Big Rewards

MassMutual shook up its hierarchical organizational structure to create a more collaborative workforce. Experts weigh in on how it’s going—and what leaders can learn from the overhaul.

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Kerry Hannon

Kerry Hannon

An expert on entrepreneurship, personal finance, and retirement, Hannon has written more than a dozen books, including Great Pajama Jobs.

How to Design for Maximum Product Trust

We make split-second decisions about whether to trust people; the same is true about trusting digital products. Companies can develop product trust and loyalty online by using design to signal that a website or app is safe and secure.

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Mayank Sharma

Mayank Sharma

Mayank specializes in creating user-centered designs and translating complex systems into beautiful web and mobile experiences.

Running a Successful North Star Metric Workshop for Product Teams

A North Star metric is a useful tool that can align and motivate your product team. This guide will help you facilitate a productive, creative workshop that results in a strong metric.

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Katie Shevlin

Katie Shevlin

Katie has more than a decade of experience reporting on innovations in business and technology. She has worked on content for brands including McDonald’s, Telstra, and Hewlett Packard, and is Senior Editor of the Toptal Projects and Product Blogs.

Building a Node.js/TypeScript REST API, Part 3: MongoDB, Authentication, and Automated Tests

Our Express.js REST API series ends with a bang! Learn how to add a Dockerized MongoDB instance, Mongoose, JWT authentication, user permissions, and automated testing with Mocha, Chai, and SuperTest.

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Marcos Henrique da Silva

Marcos Henrique da Silva

Marcos has 17+ years in IT and development. His passions include REST architecture, Agile development methodology, and JS.

React SEO Strategies and Best Practices

While React is often lauded for making front-end development more efficient, this popular library can be problematic for search engines.

In this article, Toptal data visualization engineer Vineet Markan examines why React is challenging for SEO and outlines what software engineers can do to improve the search rankings of React websites.

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Vineet Markan

Vineet Markan

Vineet specializes in building data visualization interfaces and has used React extensively in his projects.

Millennial Branding for a Boomer Product: A Branding Case Study

Millennials are tough customers, especially for products they associate with their parents’ lifestyles. This branding case study shows how an old-school item can appeal to Generation Y in an authentic way.

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Beatriz Garcia de Prado

Beatriz Garcia de Prado

Beatriz is a designer and art director with extensive experience in digital product design and leading global design teams. She specializes in leveraging user personas, customer journeys, and user story mapping to create products that resonate emotionally.

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