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Michael J. McDonald

Refining Your Middle-market Merger Strategy: From Acquisition to Integration

By Michael J. McDonald
The M&A failure rate runs as high as 90%, and middle-market companies tend to fare worse than larger ones due to more limited resources. Here’s how to ensure that your next acquisition succeeds.
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Will Beddow

Code Writing Code: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Modern Metaprogramming

By Will Beddow
With a tour that includes Julia, Rust, and more, dive into the fascinating world of metaprogramming and get a taste for its history, common forms (such as macros), importance, and potential future.
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Mauricio Silva

Using Agile Spreadsheets for Discovery Estimation

By Mauricio Silva
Estimation tools abound but none is as flexible and accessible as the humble Agile spreadsheet. Here’s why you should consider customizing your own to calculate discovery estimates.
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Laszlo Gyori

gRPC vs. REST: Getting Started With the Best API Protocol

By Laszlo Gyori
gRPC, REST’s up-and-coming competitor, approaches synchronous communication from another angle, offering protocol buffers and typed contracts. What does that mean for your project?
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Gabor Molnar

NFTs for Designers: An Introduction

By Gabor Molnar
The global NFT market relies on designers to support artists, Web3 platforms and marketplaces, and major global brands. Toptal designer Gabor Molnar offers insights from his experience breaking into this emerging field.
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Erik Stettler

Redefining Retirement: The Benefits of Freelancing After 60

By Erik Stettler
Modern freelancing is easier and more rewarding than older workers may think. Toptal’s chief economist breaks down the advantages of freelancing in semiretirement.
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Rudolf Eremyan

Efficiency at Scale: A Tale of AWS Cost Optimization

By Rudolf Eremyan
Understanding total spend is a common challenge for cloud users, especially on projects with complex pricing models. This article explores the top AWS cost optimizations that will help you scale your platform effectively.
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Gemma Busquets

Designing GitHub’s Octoverse: A Data Visualization Case Study

By Gemma Busquets
Designer Gemma Busquets shares how she created a responsive website and 20+ engaging charts and graphs for the software development platform’s annual report.
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Gints Ziverts

Crucial Considerations for Aspiring Fintech UX Designers

By Gints Ziverts
Designing fintech products requires more than great UX/UI skills—you need to understand finance too. Here’s what designers need to know to get started.
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