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University of Minnesota Linux Ban Prompts Questions About Open Source

Researchers snuck vulnerabilities past the peer-review process and into the open-source Linux kernel codebase. What does this mean for the ubiquitous Linux kernel, and open source in general?

Hybrid Project Management: A Middle Ground Between Agile and Waterfall

Agile project management strives for adaptability, while Waterfall strives for predictability. A hybrid approach that marries the two can be challenging to implement but beneficial for some projects.

Apple Arcade's Lumen: A Promotional Art and Logo Case Study

By embracing skeuomorphic design and retouching 3D assets in Photoshop for extra detail, Predrag Markovic created an icon and logo that stand out from other games in the Apple Arcade.

Why MassMutual Ditched Hierarchical Job Titles—and Reaped Big Rewards

MassMutual shook up its hierarchical organizational structure to create a more collaborative workforce. Experts weigh in on how it’s going—and what leaders can learn from the overhaul.

How to Design for Maximum Product Trust

We make split-second decisions about whether to trust people; the same is true about trusting digital products. Companies can develop product trust and loyalty online by using design to signal that a website or app is safe and secure.

Running a Successful North Star Metric Workshop for Product Teams

A North Star metric is a useful tool that can align and motivate your product team. This guide will help you facilitate a productive, creative workshop that results in a strong metric.

Building a Node.js/TypeScript REST API, Part 3: MongoDB, Authentication, and Automated Tests

Our Express.js REST API series ends with a bang! Learn how to add a Dockerized MongoDB instance, Mongoose, JWT authentication, user permissions, and automated testing with Mocha, Chai, and SuperTest.

React SEO Strategies and Best Practices

While React is often lauded for making front-end development more efficient, this popular library can be problematic for search engines. In this article, Toptal Data Visualization Engineer Vineet Markan examines why React is challenging for SEO and outlines what software engineers can do to improve the search rankings of React websites.

Millennial Branding for a Boomer Product: A Branding Case Study

Millennials are tough customers, especially for products they associate with their parents’ lifestyles. This branding case study shows how an old-school item can appeal to young adults in an authentic way.

3 Bold Predictions for the Real Future of Virtual Work

Pandemic-necessitated remote work arrangements brought the office and all of its pitfalls into the home. The future of virtual work will look entirely different.

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