Have you ever wanted to learn how to invest in stocks? If yes, you’ll need to learn chinese 🙂
So a couple months ago, a former work colleague and friend asked me to start the development of a website for him. He’s taken a successful English-based website and created a website for Chinese-speaking investors. His website is now live at www.5168options.com
His website is basically a free and paid membership-based content management system. Users who pay for the membership are given access to highly informative and frequently updated content. He needed a quick, yet working mock-up of the site to present to his inner circle.
update: due to time contraints I have relieved myself from the day-to-day maintenance of the site.
This is a test
The most commonly used feature of our web-based software is officially granted a patent today. I was one of three developers who worked on this feature. My responsibility was to come up with the UI design and develop it. The summary on the patent says,
A method on a computer for providing critical chain-based project management is disclosed. The method includes receiving at least one project plan for a project comprising a plurality of task and calculating a task priority for each...
The summary goes on and on… in other words, I created something very complex and we don’t want anyone else stealing our ideas.
*update: If you want to read the entire summary, I now have a framed plaque with the patent to show you! Yay!
What happens when you create a chart that’s unique and uncommon yet gives you very useful information? You patent it, of course. Realization got a patent for this chart with my name on the list of patent holders!
This is a very unique area chart with scattered points. The points indicate a project’s due date completion status. If the project is in the red area, the project is in danger of not completing before the target due date. If the project is in the green area, then you’re safe.
I made this chart using the ChartFX component. It comes with configuration options such as zoom, project labels, label locations, red/green/yellow area settings.
The chart is an image, the data grid is html
SoftwareFX’s ChartFX component is very useful in displaying so many different charts and in so many different ways. However, the current version of ChartFX lacks the ability to display a grid of data alongside with the bars in the chart. Instead of whining and crying about it, I came up with a solution.
Using HTML, I overlayed a grid on top of a chart and I was able to display the grid of data, coinciding with the chart’s bars. With some improvisation and hard work, this idea worked like a charm.
*update: The newer version of ChartFX, ChartFX.Net, now comes with a grid data, but doesn’t work very smoothly. I created another version of this chart data grid for the .net version with scrolling data.
This chart was made with only HTML!
What do you do when you need to make a report with bar charts, columns of data, panning dates, expandable sub-rows, and absolutely with no plugins are allowed? You do it in HTML, of course. This… was my task.
Realization’s Concerto application is a web-base project management software that is packed full of configurable options, so much so it’s impossible for a normal human being to remember them all. There are configurations to change every text, to set the default sorting criteria, the columns to show on a particular report, the columns to show on a print preview screen, the default filter selections, and so on. You get the point.
Agilent's Learning center app
Abovelearning’s Learning Center web application is a learning management system for large companies who wish to train their employees with new skills. The Learning Center makes it possible for an employee to search and register for training classes. Administrators can monitor training requirements for employees.
*update: Unfortunately, the dot.com bust of 2001 was too strong for Abovelearning.
Aside from being a web consultant for Keypoint – traveling to bay area companies to help clients with their websites – I am also one of two web application developers for Keypoint’s in-house software, e-Project.
The Keypoint team and I use e-Project to track the number of hours we spend programming (or graphics designing for the graphics guys) for a certain client. When it is time to bill our clients, e-Project calculates our rates and the time we spend so it can prepare an invoice for the client.
*update: Our e-project is now available to other companies who wish to use a web-based Time and Resource Billing application.
my first e-Commerce and ASP site!
A high school buddy and I decided to dabble in eCommerce. He is somewhat a medical expert and I am somewhat a technical expert so I took on the task of creating an eCommerce website for us. Our website allows consumers to buy Metabolife and other supplements through an online store.
This was my first time using ASP to create an entire website. With ASP I was able to construct a shopping cart feature and use SQL to store our orders in a database. The orders are processed through a 3rd party merchant.
We launched the website a couple weeks after my college graduation and called it SynergyCommerce.
*update: SynergyCommerce was short-lived but was great for my continuing self-education.