About me

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About me
To contact me, the best way is email me at minjie DOT xu AT gmail DOT com (no spam please). I am also on on FB (Instagram), LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Recently (as of 04-20-2023) I am also experimenting writing on substack.


An 04/10/2019 article on St. Louis Business News – people on the move (Minjie Xu – Solutions Architect at Ascension Technologies

Minjie works to ensure the design and development of a specific technology project remains consistent with the enterprise architecture of Ascension Technologies. He identifies issues that arise during implementation and provides expertise in data integration, data flows, software development, enterprise systems and application programming interface (API).

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

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.

Good Readings:

Time is the only real currency we have

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)


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.



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