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Using Spring Boot for WebSocket Implementation with STOMP

by Tomasz Dąbrowski

The WebSocket protocol is one of the ways to make your application handle real-time messages. The most common alternatives are long polling and server-sent events. In this article, Toptal Freelance Java Developer Tomasz Dąbrowski shows us how to implement WebSockets with the Spring Boot framework, and use STOMP for effective client-server communication.

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Design’s Driving Forces – A Website Redesign Case Study

by Goran Ramljak

When is the most appropriate time to do a website redesign? This case study walks us through a website redesign for a high-end auto company and outlines key issues along the way.

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The Comprehensive List of Product Management Conferences

by Vytas Butkus

The only product management conference list you will ever need. It is arranged by month and includes information on location and ticket prices.

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Laravel Zero Downtime Deployment

by Elene Latsoshvili

Updating live applications used to be a tedious and somewhat risky affair, but with the emergence of modern development frameworks and tools, updates and deployment are becoming straightforward. In this article, Toptal Java Developer Elene Latsoshvili explains how you can update a Laravel app with zero downtime, and how this can be done for most PHP applications.

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History of Augmented Reality: Glow Pucks to Immersive Reality

by Andrew Graunke

Andrew Graunke, Toptal Head of Enterprise Design, has implemented augmented reality (AR) design projects for dozens of enterprises. Here he outlines his pocket history of AR: from fighter jets to touchless computers to Glow Pucks, AR has already started making waves. Based on his current projects and pipeline, Graunke also blueprints his vision for AR's future.

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7 Debugging Techniques To Speed Up Troubleshooting in Production

by Flavio Pezzini

Providing production support to an application is one of the most challenging aspects of software development. In this article, Toptal Freelance Java Developer Flavio Pezzini shows us techniques that can prevent bugs and make finding issues in production much faster.

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How to Predict the Future: Mitigating the Impacts of Uncertainty

by Toptal

Strategic foresight has become an essential tool for any organization, but how does futurism translate to strategy? In this interview, Amy Zalman, PhD, founder of foresight consultancy Prescient, explains how to utilize strategic foresight and navigate the influx of artificial intelligence and other global transformations.

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Lessons from Warren Buffett’s Investment Strategy and His Mistakes

by Natasha Ketabchi

Warren Buffett’s reputation as an investor has become legendary. What can an individual investor learn from Warren Buffett’s investment style, his philosophy, and some of his past mistakes?

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How to Transition from UX Designer to UX Consultant

by Micah Bowers

What does a UX consultant do? More importantly, what does it take for a UX designer to become a consultant and thrive?

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