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Enhanced Git Flow Explained

by Daniel Ivanov

Git provides basic branching operations, but advanced patterns are left up to the user. The popular "Git flow" branching model helps, but can also complicate some common procedures. Thankfully, a new variation retains the benefits, while streamlining everyday work.

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A Field Guide to DesignOps

by Micah Bowers

DesignOps is a mindset that frees designers to focus on problem-solving. The approach allows staff to optimize processes and ensure that design is an integral part of organizational strategy.

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Productive XD Prototyping – An Adobe XD Components Tutorial

by Edward Moore

Adobe XD components empower designers with powerful features. Still, they're quirky and need special care. This Adobe XD tutorial shows designers how to leverage them to streamline their workflows.

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On-demand Reactivity in Vue 3

by Luka Mikec

The release of Vue 3 brought about substantial performance improvements, but they should not overshadow the introduction of new features and paradigms. In this article, Toptal Full-stack Developer Luka Mikec introduces you to the new Composition API and explains what Vue 3 means for code expressiveness, organization, and reuse.

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Building a Node.js/TypeScript REST API, Part 1: Express.js

by Marcos Henrique da Silva

Learn practical TypeScript patterns with interfaces and extended classes. Avoid messy console.log() statements with Winston and the Node.js debug module. Create an Express.js-powered REST API back end from scratch!

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Information Architecture Principles for Mobile (with Infographic)

by Micah Bowers

By applying information architecture principles to mobile sites and apps, designers infuse content with much-needed structure and help users accomplish their goals with ease.

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Why Music Royalties Are an Attractive Asset Class

by Jimmy Stone

In the current market environment of low yields and interest rates, music royalties are an increasingly attractive asset class. Their low correlation with macroeconomic performance and high income potential have resulted in more investors taking notice of their financial potential.

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Using the Radical Candor Framework for Effective Engineering Management

by Peter Varhol

One tool that managers can consider adding to their management skill set is a practice called Radical Candor. Radical Candor is the ability to care emotionally about the engineer as an individual and valued contributor, while also expressing honesty concerning their efforts and results achieved by those efforts.

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The State of Private Equity in 2020

by Natasha Ketabchi

The state of global private equity in 2020 is complex, mainly due to economic activity drastically contracting since the second quarter. Many businesses are on the brink of collapse. In these extraordinary times, what are the main challenges that private equity funds face?

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