About

Bio
This is Minjie Xu (a.k.a. Major, 徐敏杰 in Chinese). Minjie has been a professional software developer in the US in last 14 years. He worked on CAD (Computer Aided Design) first: 8 years at 3D CAD leader Unigraphics/UGS/Siemens PLM Software, after that as technical consultant for Autodesk (the company develops AutoCAD). Currently he works full time on enterprise software (mostly Java). During his tenures he developed industrial strength software and the products were successfully deployed by many industry leaders.

In his spare time Minjie is interested in finance (both corporate and personal), business and iPhone/iOS app development. He passed CFA (Charted Financial Analyst) level one exam in Dec 2008. Minjie started learning iPhone/iOS app programming since Jan. 2009. He has two apps in Apple iTunes App store currently: myNestEgg ~ the retirement calculator, and collegeFund ~ college savings calculator. His main goal on iPhone/iOS app development is to make easy to use, quality and fun apps delight users.

Minjie lives in St. Louis, Missouri (midwest USA) with his wife, and their baby girl (her Chinese name is 悠揚, “Youyang”). Minjie was born and raised in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, southeast China. He had higher education both in China and in the US: Bachelor of Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, Hubei province, China), Master of Science from University of Missouri at Rolla (Rolla, Missouri, US), both in Mechanical Engineering.

Why uudaddy (the name and creation of this website)?
Our 1st daughter, Youyang (we call her “you you” sometimes) was born early March 2010. We are happy new parents and I was a bit nervous upon her arrival, to be honest. I was trying to write down my feelings, thoughts, and things on my daughter. Hopefully this will be useful for all the new dads, and if you like, you are welcome to be my guest blogger here.

(August 2010) I decided to host my iPhone app (mostly financial related, e.g., my first product is myNestEgg, a retirement calculator) product URL and support URL at this web site. This should not contradict with my original plan of this blog, as I think financial matter is an important part of our daily lives, and if we can control our financial matter, our future will be more colorful.

This site is hosted at digitalocean (my referral link here). It’s powered by ubuntu, nginx, mysql and wordpress.

Contact
Email me at “uudaddy (no spam) AT gmail DOT com” if you have any questions or comments. Thanks for visiting!

You may also contact me via twitter @uudaddy