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  • My Impression of ASP.NET MVC Framework - Things To Improve

    Been testing out ASP.NET MVC framework as of late and I have to say, it takes a bit of time to get use to it. Coming from the Java's Spring MVC background, I can't say the transition is easy. Here are a few things I've noticed so far that I really think ASP.NET MVC needs to improve on. 1. Controller Naming Convention By default, ASP.NET MVC uses " DefaultControllerFactory " to find and instantiate controllers with the following convention [Controller Name]Controller (With the suffix "Controller"...
    04-05-2012, 3:47 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
  • My First .NET MVC Project 1 | Part 5 - Reduce scope, stay focused

    After writing my last post and finally get a visual of what my site will look like finally, it gets me thinking. I've posted before about " How your approach will truly make it or break it your company ", I noticed that I'm making the mistake again. What is my focus here? What is the market and problem I'm trying to resolve? In the screen mock up I did, you could see that I added functions such as 1. Read health care / medicare related news 2. Medicare Popular tips 3. Popular Tasks 4. In my same...
    02-06-2012, 12:36 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • My First .NET MVC Project 1 | Part 4 - Brainstorm from a visual perspective continues

    In my last post, I discussed about the application from a user's profile perspective, today, I thought I will mock up how the site will look like on the home page. Instead of typing plain text, I thought I would better try out some professional mock up tools and using the product from balsamiq , I'm real impressed. I highly recommend everyone who wants to do a quick & dirty mock up to give it whirl. Anyway, without further ado, below is what I came up with using Balsamiq such far. Nothing Fancy....
    02-02-2012, 1:35 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • My First .NET MVC Project 1 | Part 3 - Brainstorm from a visual perspective

    Previously, I discussed my inital draft of what entails the applicaiton , as I thought this through, I think it will be ideal to present a visual view of what might be helpful to the users and from here, brainstrom what else need to be added. I first decided to approach from a personal profile point of view. This is where a user is able to view their own history in regards to issues in Medicare. Profile Info *Note : We strongly discourage users from register their real names for protection ++++++++++++++++++++++...
    01-20-2012, 11:29 AM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • How NOT to listen to your customers. Know your job.

    The title might seems strange, you always listen to your customers correct? Customer is god, they should be treated with the greatest respect. I was reading an article by Mark Cuban http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222501?cm_mmc=Market-_-Outbrain-_-NA-_-NA , and at first, I was not all too hot about the title "Why you should NEVER listen to your customer", however, after reading the whole article, he wrapped up his points with the following quote "Your customers can tell you the things that are...
    01-17-2012, 8:40 AM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
  • How your approach will truly make it or break it your company.

    In my earlier post " Identify a market or identify a problem? How you approach your idea makes a difference !", I've described two approaches to a product / service. This post is a reminder of another concrete example of how the two approaches comes to play in reality. As I discuss further with my business partner Jackson Lin, we came across the example of buying / selling cars. I realized, my type of approach have a serious short coming. When it comes to cars, I rarely think about in terms of features....
    01-13-2012, 10:31 AM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • Shame on Google. The two sides of getting yourself indexed.

    The news just got in. Please read http://blog.mocality.co.ke/2012/01/13/google-what-were-you-thinking/ . In short, a company called Mocality, who painstakingly build their comprehensive business directory in Kenya over the years by investing in money as well as human resources, got hijacked by Google as they PRETENDED they were working in collaboration with Mocality, contacted all the business owners listed on the directory and tried to up sell products and services. What does it sounds like? Do...
    01-13-2012, 9:06 AM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
  • Identify a market or identify a problem? How you approach your idea makes a difference!

    The other day, my business partner Jackson Lin and I had a rather interesting discussion. Background ------------------------------------------ It all started by an article discussing the differences between Tumblr and Wordpress, how Tumblr was able to build a service that looks similar to Wordpress and yet, able to build a huge base of audiences to themselves. I started by expressing that the reason in my point of view is that they identified a crowd, a market who are looking for "light blogging",...
    01-12-2012, 9:50 AM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • My First .NET MVC Project 1 | Part 2 - Brainstorm Application and Use Cases

    Previously, I wrote a post titled " American Healthcare - A maze needed to piece together by seniors ", I realized that it was somewhat difficult to piece together the information out there on the web. Maybe it's due to a lot of Seniors are computer illiterate or simply there aren't that many young people willing to spend time into helping them. A simple search of "Medicare forum" on Google, did not turn up any place truly helpful. Let along, search for Medicare information useful to immigrant patients...
    01-06-2012, 12:32 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • American Healthcare - A maze needed to piece together by seniors.

    First, let me note down a bit of a background. My parents are over 65 and they are on Medicare. Due to the language barrier, I had to chip in and lend a helping hand. It's not that they can't speak English, but to navigate through the maze that is Medicare, it seriously takes hours and hours of conversations with agents and customer services, therefore, it's important that they don't misunderstand any details. Now, their basic requirement is simple. They are looking for private insurance companies...
    01-06-2012, 8:59 AM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • Ready....Go! My first .NET MVC application Project 1 | Part I - Technical Requirement

    I have a simple ideal application for learning MVC and below is a list of the technical requirement I wish to achieve 1. Use MVC 3 / C# (MVC 4 looks like it's still in developer's preview, so we'll skip that for now) 2. Use Entity Framework 4.1 (See what's good and bad about it) 3. MySQL Server 4. Master Page needed using Razor View Engine 5. Theme is a must 6. Internationalization / Globalization is needed. (driven by database, no resource files) 7. Need Restful API with authentication enabled....
    01-04-2012, 2:26 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • A Programmer's New Year Resolution

    Really, it never works, but I have to try. ASP.NET MVC (3/4) is something I have to get on board this year. Learn it well and converts all my .NET 2.0 applications this year and have them up to date. I'm still somewhat sketchy on the lambada expressions (Yeah, I'm really behind now) and whatever is new in C# 3 / 4. This will be a pretty exciting new year. In addition, mobile development has became main stream and I predict that in the future, mobile development will become an essential skill required...
    01-04-2012, 12:33 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
  • Design Change and the Impact on Products

    It's funny how a simple design change can impact your product. I've been a loyal Yahoo Mail customer for years and years, and to me, email is email. If I don't have obvious reasons, then I don't see a point of switching. Recently, after accidentally clicked the upgrade option, I was upgraded to the new Yahoo mail. Before, I always had the option to switch back to the classic version, however, this time, that option is no where to be found. I can see why Yahoo wants everyone to upgrade to the new...
    09-23-2011, 1:51 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
  • Await .NET 4.5

    I have been stuck on the .NET 2.0 bandwagon for the longest time. During the development in the past few years, I have watched Microsoft giving birth to .NET 3.5 and .NET 4.0, the features came out of them such as LINQ, LINQ to SQL, Entity Framework, Enterprise Library, MVC and others. I read them, I had an idea they existed, but because I was focusing on improving the product I'm making, other than MVC framework, I simply haven't had much time to dive into the details from most of them, overtime,...
    09-16-2011, 1:10 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
  • Lotus Seeds

    It has been ages. People who've lived in Asia loves to eat this delicacy. They are lotus seeds and in China at least, it's only available in summer time. They are tender and they are mildly sweet, a summer must have when you wanted to chew on something. ' Sigh. Comments are disabled due to spams. Please contact me through my Twitter @liming22031 or my Google Plus +Liming Xu...
    09-07-2011, 9:17 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • Touchpad Minus. I want one

    Just went over to Techcrunch and read the article titled " Dear HP: Please Keep Making Those CrunchPads! Er...TouchPads ", I have to say, I can't agree with it more! Over the weekend, due to the $100 price tag, I was running around like maniac attempting to secure myself a touchpad or two, or three or four. Hell, if they had 8 left, I would've bought them all. The reason is, I really just wanted a simple device to read yahoo/gmail, read CNN, Techcruch, Mashable, New York Times, chat with friends...
    08-23-2011, 10:38 AM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • Amazon AWS Explained - In Layman's Terms

    So my business partner Jackson Lin and I have been looking into a more reliable hosting option. Our traditional "shared" hosting has been giving us some heart burns here and there. Throughout the past few years, we discovered a few distinct disadvantages as we grew our small start up company, things such as Being shared, at times, the website is slowed down to a crawl Have no control over the serve itself Can not install our own software Being an ASP.NET shop, "shared" hosting does not grant us "Full-Trust"...
    08-19-2011, 3:51 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • U.S Postal Service - Is benefits law dragging it down?

    The short answer is yes for the time being, and no for the long term and the future. CNN reports - " Is benefits law dragging down the Postal Service? ", the U.S postal service is loosing billions of dollars a year and about to lay off tens of thousands of workers. By the way, did you know the U.S Postal Service employs around half a million people? However, in my honest opinion, U.S Postal Service should really look into their management and brings in leaders with visions, seriously manage and treat...
    08-19-2011, 10:42 AM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
  • Ladies and Gentlemen - Looking for rich singles?

    CNN Money Reports - " Best Places for the rich and single ". Now I'm not sure how accurate the list is as I personally have not been to all the places mentioned, but Ranking #2 - "Tysons Corner, VA", is probably a good bet for all the single ladies..and gentlemen alike. The articles fails to mention that other than the many private sector jobs being offered around there, a lot of those Northern Virginians who visit Tysons often (singles) are probably contractors of some kind who sucks in at $60,...
    08-19-2011, 10:26 AM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • Dear Palm, not again!

    I clearly remember when I first owned a "smart" phone, the Palm Treo 600, my business partner Jackson talked me into it. It wasn't cheap either. I remember $300 per phone? I was not and still am not a big gadget fan. While Jackson and my other friends who were using Palm to improve their productivity, download apps and what not, I wasn't one of them. I just used it as a regular phone. I barely even used any text features. I just didn't like the fact I have to sync with my computers and all that....
    08-18-2011, 3:55 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • Talent waste in the Silicon Valley

    Reading today's Mashable post, titled - " Can Google+ Challenge Facebook for Social Gaming Dominance? ", I can't stop thinking about the one issue that has been bugging me for a long time, that is the talent wasted in the competition between the social giants. Maybe that is because I'm coming from the enterprise software background, it's just that with all the capabilities that these giants have in their arsenal, to be competitive and popular, their focus have turned into social gaming. How many...
    08-18-2011, 3:06 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
  • Scared bunch or something else? What the heck are the banks doing with all the money?

    According to CNN Money - Home sales take a sharp turn down , home prices are at one of the lowest point since 1970, but due to strict loan requirement, a lot of qualified buyers are prevented from getting a loan. My questions to the banks are what the hell are you guys doing? When there are too many unqualified borrowers, you lend them carelessly. Now with federal assistance and the truck load of money the government is giving to you, you turn your back to qualified buyers because you are "scared",...
    08-18-2011, 2:50 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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  • Back @Blogging. It's been a long time

    Wow, it has been 8 month since I blogged. It's been a long time. In the past 8 month, a lot has changed in terms of my social behavior. For the longest time, I have resisted social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and such. I simply didn't see a need for it and used this blog as my main source to broadcast my thoughts. 8 month ago, while discussing the roadmap of the future Jumptree, we wondered, if we missed any important aspects of the "hot" social media tools and decided that...
    08-18-2011, 12:06 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
  • GroupOn, Is it a Win/Win in the short term but Lose/Lose in the long term?

    With recent rumors of Google will be purchasing Groupon for 6 billion dollars, the first thing that comes to your mind is, really? Does it worth that much? I mean Google bought it, it must be good. Google knows how to make money! In GroupOn’s own words “Groupon uses collective buying power to offer unbeatable prices and provide a win-win for businesses and consumers”. In another words, what Groupon seems to tell you is what we already know, i.e, “Buy More & Save More”. I mean that’s what Costco/BJ...
    12-03-2010, 3:16 AM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
  • ASP.NET 2.0 Forms Authentication and Active Directory Installation

    Earlier this week, I've posted an article on this subject and it can be found on the Jumptree Blog. Overall, I went through the steps from setting up up Active directory to how ASP.NET authenticates against the new setup. I always find it is more clear to developers if we know how the system works behind the scene. As we all know, larger size corporations and agencies normally uses Active Directory to manage their internal users for various of reasons. Personally, because we are a small shop and...
    03-19-2008, 1:16 PM by Liming to X.U Web Chronicle
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