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Leveraging Declarative Programming to Create Maintainable Web Apps

Adopting declarative-style programming techniques allows teams to create web applications that are easier to extend and maintain. In this article, Toptal Full-stack Developer Peter Suggate demonstrates how to leverage declarative programming and finite-state machines in JavaScript.

Innovate with Purpose – An Overview of the Jobs to Be Done Framework

Companies succeed because they offer products that people find irresistible, but what compels customers to buy? The Jobs to Be Done framework identifies the unmet desires that motivate all purchases.

Five Steps to Success: A Private Equity Fundraising Checklist

Raising money as a new private equity fund manager can be a daunting task. Breaking down the tasks into a checklist is an effective way of building a compelling and consistent investment strategy.

VSCode Tips and Tricks for Power Users

Mastering your IDE can go a long way toward improving productivity. However, many are reluctant to dive into customization and optimization. In this article, Toptal JavaScript Developer Boris Yordanov explains how you can become a VSCode power user by leveraging official documentation and using a few practical tools.

Evolving UX – Experimental Product Design with a CXO

Chris Gibbins, chief experience officer (CXO) at Creative CX, explains how design experimentation can help businesses deliver better products, boost conversion, and increase revenue.

How Freelance Finance Consultants Are Beating Big Firms

Freelance finance consultants are delivering high-quality results for clients at a lower cost than traditional consulting firms. How do they manage to do it? One of Toptal’s most in-demand finance freelancers, Michael Ng, explains how freelancers are able to outdo their more established competitors when it comes to communication, expertise, and ROI.

How to Facilitate Change Through Agile Servant Leadership

The philosophy of servant leadership gives project managers a superpower to influence teams without direct authority, which allows them to drive change across the organization more effectively.

High-performing Apps with Python – A FastAPI Tutorial

Good programming language frameworks make it easy to produce quality products faster. Great frameworks even make the whole development experience enjoyable. FastAPI is a new Python web framework that’s powerful and enjoyable to use.

Distressed M&A: Assessing Opportunities for Bargain Purchases

Bankruptcy often presents an opportunity to purchase quality distressed assets at bargain prices. However, it also brings major challenges in terms of assessing the value of businesses with difficult realities, dwindling liquidity, limited resources, and uncertain prospects.

The Power of Structure – A Guide to Design System Models

Through trial and error, the makers of design systems have come to view their work as living products, not static documents. What can be learned from the design system models of large organizations?

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