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Design High-converting Websites With These Webflow Best Practices

Webflow can cut website design time in half—enabling designers to devote more attention to driving traffic and boosting conversions.

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Pavle Lucic

Pavle Lucic

Pavle is a designer specializing in UI/UX design for websites and mobile apps. His clients include large international companies such as Societe Generale and TomTom, as well as successful startups in fintech, healthcare, travel, and other industries.

Understanding REST API Principles: A Product Manager’s Guide

REST APIs have become a critical feature of software development, so understanding the fundamentals is essential for effective product leadership. This overview of key principles helps you master the basics.

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Rastko Anicic

Rastko Anicic

Rastko is an experienced technical product manager with a software development background. He takes a hands-on approach to team leadership, solving problems by providing expert guidance through data-driven decision-making.

Sustainable Success: A Framework for Optimizing Profit

Conventional profit optimization methods could cause your company to miss out on opportunities to grow. This four-step approach will help your business make the most of its strengths to boost margins for years to come.

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Nicholas Piscani

Nicholas Piscani

Nicholas is a corporate strategy and FP&A expert who works with businesses to optimize their operations and execute high-priority strategic initiatives. He has helped entrepreneurs raise more than $600 million.

Apache Spark Optimization Techniques for High-performance Data Processing

Apache Spark is an analytics engine that can handle very large data sets. This guide reveals strategies to optimize its performance using PySpark.

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Necati Demir, PhD

Necati Demir, PhD

Necati is a software engineer specializing in data science, machine learning, back-end development, and DevOps. He is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect and AWS Certified Machine Learning Specialist with a doctorate in computer engineering. Necati serves as Chief AI Officer and CTO of Datagran, a machine learning automation company that he co-founded.

Evolving Your Product Strategy: 3 Principles for Successful AI Integration

For product businesses, embracing the transformative power of AI means incorporating it in a robust, relevant, and sustainable way. Navigate the challenges of AI integration with this guide.

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Nishant Saxena

Nishant Saxena

Nishant is a product leader and business development consultant with more than a decade of experience. He uses his knowledge of AI and ML to inform business strategies, most recently in building intelligent supply chains for a global food and beverage company. By spearheading innovative approaches at organizations including Royal Caribbean Group and Carnival Cruise Lines, he has helped teams evolve, embrace challenges, and deliver lasting value.

WordPress-powered Angular: JWT Authentication Using GraphQL

Setting up authentication in an app with a disparate front end and back end is tricky. This tutorial proposes an innovative solution using JWT and GraphQL.

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Sajjad Hossain Sagor

Sajjad Hossain Sagor

Sajjad is a WordPress developer who specializes in developing themes, plugins, and WooCommerce add-ons. He has led high-budget projects for companies around the world and set up the back end for a WordPress website with more than 200,000 active users and millions of YouTube subscribers. He is also a core contributor to the WordPress community.

Design Dilemma: Balancing Aesthetics and Functionality

Ideally, aesthetics and functionality would merge seamlessly in digital design, but that isn’t always the case. Here, we discuss when to prioritize one or the other for the optimal user experience.

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Merehan Elamrosy

Merehan Elamrosy

Merehan is a product designer who crafts functional and visually appealing user interfaces for education, management, health, transportation, SaaS, and e-commerce companies. She has led design workshops for multiple EU-funded projects and has given design thinking lectures at leading European universities.

Excavating the Work Breakdown Structure: Your Waterfall Project’s Rosetta Stone

Despite Agile’s popularity, Waterfall remains prevalent across industries. Rediscover one of its foundational tools, the WBS, and align your team with a common language to improve project delivery.

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Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart

Jim is a project expert and certified Agile coach with more than 25 years of experience consulting on and managing projects for companies including JPMorgan Chase and Fidelity Investments. He is a PMP and CAPM instructor and co-author of Great Meetings Build Great Teams: A Guide for Project Leaders and Agilists.

Next.js Rendering Techniques: How to Optimize Page Speed

Next.js is best known for server-side rendering, but these innovative strategies can help developers configure web apps for more speed, reduced server load, improved SEO, and much more.

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Subhakar Tikkireddy

Subhakar Tikkireddy

Subhakar is a front-end developer with extensive experience using React, Next.js, and TypeScript. He specializes in creating MVPs for startups and has worked on projects ranging from cross-platform progressive web and React Native apps to AI-powered browser extensions and a crypto web app used by more than 10,000 investors.

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