About me

About me
To contact me, the best way is email me at minjie DOT xu AT gmail DOT com (no spam please). You may contact me via twitter @stlplace

The following is also posted in my linkedIn profile (06-19-2016)
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Make software delight customer.

Veteran software engineering professional with vast experiences across development, consulting and support. Worked effectively for organizations of various sizes and industries.

I started my career doing CAD (Computer Aided Design) software development. In recent years I was mostly into enterprise systems development, as well as support (e.g., revenue accounting management, sales management, business process improvement), and mobile apps (iPhone/iPad/iOS). Technology-wise I evolved from C/C++, C#/VB .Net, to J2EE, web service, Objective C, Cocoa Touch; from backend to frontend. I’m also well-versed both in traditional waterfall and more recent agile approach, in terms of software development methodology.

Fast learner; problem solver; team player.

Other interest: finance, investing.
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I’ve been making a living as a software developer for about 15 years. In my spare time I’m interested in iOS/Java app development, personal finance and investing. You can see a short bio of me at uudaddy.com. As you can see, in this blog I am mainly talking about software development in general, and iOS/java development. My github page here.

Below are my apps in the iTunes App store. I have not updated them since 10/2014 due to other priorities. I am slowly getting back to iOS dev lately due to the new tvOS which is very interesting (09/20/2015).

Discover STL ~ kids educational activities around St. Louis (released 07/14/2014 )

ToMarket ~ armers market around St. Louis area (released 05/22/13, updated 07/02/14)

collegeFund ~ colleges savings calculator (released 11/11/10; updated 06/04/14)

myNestEgg ~ the retirement calculator (released 10/13/10; updated 05/30/14)

My primary blogging space is this one (stlplace.com; with a focus on software development), and uudaddy (uudaddy.com; about raising kids and apps). I also posted blogs at linkedIn and medium (@stlplace) sometimes.

To contact me, the best way is email me at minjie DOT xu AT gmail DOT com (no spam please). You may contact me via twitter @stlplace

Songs I listened when I was in 20s
Sandy Lam 林憶蓮
林憶蓮、李宗盛 – 當愛已成往事

傷痕 Scar 林憶蓮 傷痕專輯: Love, Sandy (1995)

愛上一個不回家的人

CHEN Hui Xian
Tao Wu Jie

Qian Qian Que Ge

Piao Xue

Hong Cha Guan

Sha Nv

Chen Shu Hua
Meng Xing Shi Feng

Gun Gun Hong Chen

QI Qin: Wang Shi Shui Feng

ZHAO Chuan: Ai Yao Zhen Mu Shuo Chu Kou

WANG Fei: Tian Kong (Sky)

Whitney Houston. I was a big fan of her in college. I remember spent about 10 Yuan (remember at the time the monthly allowance was like 100 Yuan) to buy her album “Hero” when I was in college.

This is a song “When you believe“, sung by her and Maria Carey.

安葬于西敏寺的英国国教主教的墓志铭:
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我年少时,意气风发,踌躇满志,当时曾梦想要改变世界,但当我年事渐长,阅历增多,我发觉自己无力改变世界,于是我缩小了范围,决定改变我的国家。但这个目标还是太大了。接著我步入了中年,无奈之余,我将试图改变的对象锁定在最亲密的家人身上。但天不从人愿,他们个个还是维持原样。当我垂垂老矣,我终于顿悟了一些事:我应该先改变自己,用以身作则的方式影响家人。若我能先当家人的榜样,也许下一步就能改善我的国家,再后来我甚至可能改造整个世界,谁知道呢?
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野路子(http://wulujia.com)
不论走多远,都不应忘记出发时的目标


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