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Experimenting

The past week involves mostly on experimenting, somewhat similar to the experimental learning concept mentioned in the Lean Startups. The readpeer project finally went on test by real users and we gathered feedbacks to polish the system based on real situations. Xiaoli and Prof went for meeting in Hangzhou early last week and I'm the only one who dealt with bug fixing+ web service api development+operation. Early in the week, one senior(CTO) from Visenze(one of few real technical startups) in SG emailed me to join his company. Actually I was supposed to join his company after graduation instead of the Prof's company for a better exposure/involvement to a tech startup. However, I confirmed to Prof to make readpeer a product-standard one before moving to other projects. Now my role is almost fulfilled but I start to realize that it's not just about production design and development, but more about operation and continuous grows.  Even the functionalities and design works hav…

Polishing

I stayed in my friend Zhixing's place after polishing the last CS3217 project together with Jingping last night. We plan to publish the small app on App Store to gain some experiences as individual mobile game developers. Hopefully we'll launch a neat version for girls around the Chinese New Year. The past week is pretty joyful, mostly on debugging and feature/UI polishing. I helped solve a crucial bug on Android TextView text selection. I also polished the website reading page JavaScripts to improve the user experience. The basic web service api also started to get developed. Last Saturday, I attended a design thinking workshop by the OrangeHive. Yangyu and I made a creative logo in the workshop and  that was an interesting experience.  The iOS app for readpeer is getting great. Most iOS development is done by the junior, Zijian while I sometimes help solve some bugs when he encounters problems. Zijian is getting self-motivated and happy playing with iOS development. That is …

Getting Better

I started to feel more enthusiastic when the team began to have new people. We started to build Apps and I've got the chance to learn new things again!
A year 2 junior, Zijian decided to learn iOS and joined the team for internship. He is smart and quick in learning the materials. I suggested him to take CS3217 concurrently with the internship and thankfully he got the course admission. Another year 3 junior, Weiran also joined the team for internship on Android development. However, he is a bit weak in programming. Fortunately, I helped motivate him by introduce an online Android lesson on Treehouse. He now became interested in Android development. I've got some design books for him as well since he is interested in design and we've got to push him to be a tech designer. Last two weeks, I've built two simple beginner level android app running on my nexus 7. I also helped Zijian solved an important bug in his pageviewcontroller in IOS. That was a pretty good progress.