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Why Use Material Design? Weighing the Pros and Cons

by Cameron Chapman

Google’s Material Design guidelines have become the signature look of their websites and apps. Still, there are plenty of use cases outside of Google’s platforms where Material Design is also a solid choice.

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Stork, Part 2: Creating an Expression Parser

by Jakisa Tomic

Would you rather develop a statically or dynamically typed programming language? How would you devise your expression parser? In the second part of our Stork series, Toptal Full-stack Developer Jakisa Tomic outlines his preferred approach and demonstrates how you can create a functional expression parser.

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Feeding the Future: An Overview of the Agrifood Industry

by Francesco Castellano

The amount of money pouring into Agrifood tech has increased more than sixfold since 2012: from $3 billion to almost $18 billion. In the first part of this series, we examine the three changing conditions making this field ripe for innovation and analyze emerging technologies.

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Gray Matter – What Is a Mind Map in the Design Process?

by Calin Balea

Mind maps are widely used as a thinking tool. Designers can use them to organize ideas into an arrangement for clarity as well as untangle system complexity to make things more understandable.

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Stork: How to Make a Programming Language in C++

by Jakisa Tomic

Did you ever consider creating your very own programming language, either as a result of necessity or professional curiosity? In part one of our series, Toptal Full-stack Developer Jakisa Tomic takes the first steps toward creating a lightweight scripting language written in C++.

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Do Your Homework: 7 AWS Certified Solutions Architect Exam Tips

by Ross Bowman

Cloud architects with the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate qualification are in high demand, with good reason—the AWS exam sets the bar high. What's the best way to prepare for it?

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Safe by Design – An Overview of UX Security

by Mayank Sharma

Interface designers: A disregard for UX security places users at risk—financially, professionally, and emotionally. Learn why security is a crucial aspect of interface design.

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Human vs. Machine: The Next Frontier of Wealth Management

by Ankur Chandra

Since the introduction of index funds in the 1970s, the investment management industry has embraced the use of software to enhance its decision-making. With robo-advisors reaching further prominence, will machines replace humans in the world of wealth management?

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Bringing an Outsourced Finance Team In-house: A Case Study

by James Hamory

LendEDU, a Y Combinator-backed startup, spent more than $50,000 on its outsourced finance department to create professional monthly financial statements. There was just one problem—they couldn’t trust the numbers.

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