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WordPress-powered Angular: JWT Authentication Using GraphQL

Setting up authentication in an app with a disparate front end and back end is tricky. This tutorial proposes an innovative solution using JWT and GraphQL.

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Sajjad Hossain Sagor

Sajjad Hossain Sagor

Sajjad is a WordPress developer who specializes in developing themes, plugins, and WooCommerce add-ons. He has led high-budget projects for companies around the world and set up the back end for a WordPress website with more than 200,000 active users and millions of YouTube subscribers. He is also a core contributor to the WordPress community.

Evolving Your Product Strategy: 3 Principles for Successful AI Integration

For product businesses, embracing the transformative power of AI means incorporating it in a robust, relevant, and sustainable way. Navigate the challenges of AI integration with this guide.

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Nishant Saxena

Nishant Saxena

Nishant is a product leader and business development consultant with more than a decade of experience. He uses his knowledge of AI and ML to inform business strategies, most recently in building intelligent supply chains for a global food and beverage company. By spearheading innovative approaches at organizations including Royal Caribbean Group and Carnival Cruise Lines, he has helped teams evolve, embrace challenges, and deliver lasting value.

Design Dilemma: Balancing Aesthetics and Functionality

Ideally, aesthetics and functionality would merge seamlessly in digital design, but that isn’t always the case. Here, we discuss when to prioritize one or the other for the optimal user experience.

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Merehan Elamrosy

Merehan Elamrosy

Merehan is a product designer who crafts functional and visually appealing user interfaces for education, management, health, transportation, SaaS, and e-commerce companies. She has led design workshops for multiple EU-funded projects and has given design thinking lectures at leading European universities.

Excavating the Work Breakdown Structure: Your Waterfall Project’s Rosetta Stone

Despite Agile’s popularity, Waterfall remains prevalent across industries. Rediscover one of its foundational tools, the WBS, and align your team with a common language to improve project delivery.

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Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart

Jim is a project expert and certified Agile coach with more than 25 years of experience consulting on and managing projects for companies including JPMorgan Chase and Fidelity Investments. He is a PMP and CAPM instructor and co-author of Great Meetings Build Great Teams: A Guide for Project Leaders and Agilists.

Next.js Rendering Techniques: How to Optimize Page Speed

Next.js is best known for server-side rendering, but these innovative strategies can help developers configure web apps for more speed, reduced server load, improved SEO, and much more.

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Subhakar Tikkireddy

Subhakar Tikkireddy

Subhakar is a front-end developer with extensive experience using React, Next.js, and TypeScript. He specializes in creating MVPs for startups and has worked on projects ranging from cross-platform progressive web and React Native apps to AI-powered browser extensions and a crypto web app used by more than 10,000 investors.

What Designing Formula 1 Cars Can Teach You About Corporate Strategy

Whether you need to fix a roadblock or test a new idea, these insights from a former Formula 1 engineer can help speed your success.

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Isaac Prada y Nogueira

Isaac Prada y Nogueira

Isaac is a management consultant, CEO, and CTO with deep expertise in electrical and automotive engineering currently focusing on AI, blockchain, and crypto projects. Applying the management methods he learned as a Formula 1 engineer for Alpine, he now helps tech startups and SMBs optimize their growth and innovation strategies and increase revenue.

The No-code Future: Innovating With Drag-and-Drop Application Development

A suite of tools can empower nontechnical users to create mobile applications without writing a line of code. Discover whether these no-code options are right for your next product.

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Alex Hudym

Alex Hudym

Alex is the former COO of WeLoveNoCode, a development services company with a global network of more than 58,000 no-code experts that was acquired by Toptal in 2023. Alex has in-depth experience building products using multiple no-code platforms, including Bubble, Webflow, Airtable, and Zapier.

How to Bring Your Startup to Life With a No-code MVP

For startups, no-code development tools mean faster and more flexible hypothesis testing at a reduced cost. Create your first product with this guide to the no-code approach.

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Alex Hudym

Alex Hudym

Alex is the former COO of WeLoveNoCode, a development services company with a global network of more than 58,000 no-code experts that was acquired by Toptal in 2023. Alex has in-depth experience building products using multiple no-code platforms, including Bubble, Webflow, Airtable, and Zapier.

How to Avoid 5 Types of Cognitive Bias in User Research

Cognitive biases can skew user research, leading to design changes that don’t address your customers’ real needs. Build digital products that users will love by mitigating these common biases.

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Rima Khachatryan

Rima Khachatryan

Rima is a product designer with expertise in UI/UX design, graphic design, digital marketing, and user research. She has worked across various industries to create user-focused and aesthetically pleasing digital products, and spent six years at the global software development company Volo.

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