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Oracle to SQL Server and SQL Server to Oracle Migration Guide - Pt. 3

by Leonid Draginsky

Migrating in either direction between Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database? Code migration tools, public synonyms, and change management are important to keep in mind.

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The Definitive Guide to Building Apps for Kids

by Tanya Junell

Children today spend an average of three hours a day on digital devices. There’s a great opportunity, and a responsibility, for digital designers to influence tomorrow’s generations in a positive way.

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Shipping Your Product in Iterations: A Guide to Hypothesis Testing

by Kumara Raghavendra

Glancing at the App Store on any phone will reveal that most installed apps have had updates released within the last week. Software products today are shipped in iterations to validate assumptions and hypotheses about what makes the product experience better for users.

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Top Pitch Deck Mistakes

by Jeffrey Fidelman

Toptal Finance Expert and fundraising guru Jeffrey Fidelman put together a list of the top 5 pitch deck mistakes he sees most often. Within these common mistakes, Fidelman also highlights best practices and shows you how to write a perfect pitch deck.

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Looking at the Future – Design Trends of 2020

by Micah Bowers

We’ve identified 20 emerging design trends for 2020, but we’re not just naming fonts and colors. We’re showcasing game-changers that will define our experiential landscape for the year to come.

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How to Weather the Cloud Skills Shortage

by Toptal Research

If your company isn’t focused on digital transformation, you’re falling behind—and putting your organization at a tremendous disadvantage. Here’s what you need to know about the cloud skills shortage and how you can survive (and thrive) despite this labor shortfall.

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Future UI and the End of Design Sandboxes

by Bree Chapin

As design moves from target destinations to systems of interactive components, it’s important for designers to master creating products that adapt and can thrive in unpredictable contexts.

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Maintain Control: A Guide to Webpack and React, Pt. 2

by Michael Pontus

In a React/Webpack development scenario, there are myriad options to choose from. It's worth exploring some advanced techniques when it comes to TypeScript, CSS, web workers, and service workers.

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WebVR Part 4: Canvas Data Visualizations

by Michael Cole

Unlock the mysteries of the canvas component for your own visualizations. We have completed the simulation math, and now it’s time for some creative play. In Part 4 of our WebVR series, we use the canvas element to make three rapid iterations to visualize the gravitational orbits of the planets in our simulation.

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