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The 10 Most Common JavaScript Issues Developers Face

by Ryan J. Peterson

At first, JavaScript may seem quite simple. Yet the language is significantly more nuanced, powerful, and complex than one would initially be led to believe. Many of JavaScript's subtleties lead to a number of common problems that keep it from working—10 of which we discuss here—that are important to be aware of and avoid in one's quest to become a master JavaScript developer.

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How to Define an MVP Scope in 3 Hours

by Phillip Wood

Scoping an MVP doesn’t have to take days. Product manager Phillip Wood explains how he gathers product specialists, designers, and engineers to brainstorm features, pare them down, and create wireframes—all in a few hours.

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Python vs. R: Syntactic Sugar Magic

by Leandro Roser

Python and R empower data scientists to solve problems using elegant syntactic sugar, simplifying coding and solution exploration. Each language brings its unique capabilities and approach to bear.

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Forensic Accounting: Due Diligence’s Secret Weapon

by Ryan Zanoni

More than just a way to investigate financial crimes, forensic accounting is the most in-depth form of due diligence and compliance. But smaller firms often overlook its value. Here’s why that’s risky.

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Learning to Learn: 5 Tips to Master Any Product Management Domain

by Milos Belcevic

Product managers work across many industries, and domain-specific knowledge is essential to finding success in each one. Learn how to quickly acquire industry expertise with these tried-and-tested recommendations.

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Necessary Friction: The Theatrics of UX Security

by Nenad Ivanovic

Contrary to conventional wisdom, there are times when making products harder to use can be beneficial. Here’s how to use positive friction to enhance UX security and user trust.

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Supply Chain Lessons and Opportunities: Notes on a Crisis

by Zachary Elfman

The supply chain crisis has caused global players and local businesses alike to rethink logistics networks. Here’s how the world economy can emerge stronger and more resilient.

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Social Network Analysis Using Power BI and R: A Custom Visuals Guide

by Bharat Garg

Microsoft's Power BI is one of the most popular software solutions used to perform social network analysis. Here's how to create custom Power BI visuals in R for compelling and flexible results.

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Life in Motion: A Guide to Animating Mobile Data Visualizations

by Daniel Nisttahuz

Animation can make data more comprehensible, engaging, and useful, especially on mobile. When animating data visualizations, designers should use motion design principles—and avoid common pitfalls.

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