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Trước Bình Minh Luôn Là Đêm Tối

This is a book telling about many stories of the book's author, Ta Minh Tuan. Each his story is not only a valuable lesson but also a heart-to-heart talk. Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast I accidentally attended a $2 meetup which was held by in 2013. It was the first time for me to see the author. At that time, he wanted the attendees to repeat many times a sentence "Think big, start small, move fast" (a mindset for entrepreneurs). It was really impressed to me. I've been following him on Facebook since 2013. This book was his recommendation. Do It Anyway Your success is defined by yourself. It is built by your habits. Habits are the things need time to tackle. To me, that somehow means JUST following your heart combining with your brain because you're the one who knows what you're doing. Believe in yourself and never betray your dream!
We Are One The author said that "everything is connected". This is also the theory of Buddha. He beli…
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4 Remarkable Notes for JSF Apps Using HTML5

In the previous post, I've already shared with you how my team consults clients by using a HTML prototype. This post is about the used technologies for reusing the provided HTML template and communicating with backend.
What is the issue when using HTML elements with Primefaces components? Primefaces is a great extension for developing JSF web apps. However, it is really frustrating in case we have to make it work with an existing HTML template. Why?
- Primefaces has its own theme for styling.
- Primefaces changes the HTML structure.
Therefore, that would be a huge effort to use the Primefaces' components to replicate the elements of the HTML template; especially it is impossible for images drawing by "canvas" tag.

That requires us to find a better approach. Since Java EE 7 (introducing JSF 2.2 included), it supports to use HTML5 elements. The idea is that JSF components don't effect the style and HTML structure, so we can easily reuse the provided HTML template.…

Consulting Services

The topic is about my experience on my first project with my freelance team. We implement the last step of this process which you can find in the end of this post.

You might have heard of something like the following:
Many customers don't know what they want. Yes, that's a fact. In order to help customers solve their needs, we'd better consult them or we provide a consulting service. The next questions is "how?".

Our approach is enhancing the collaboration with customers or providing a design of customer interactions. Firstly, we create a website wireframe to express the idea of website's functionalities. For example:

Source: Wikipedia
And, the further step is that we make a running app based on the created wireframe where the real UI/UX is demonstrated. However, it is just a GUI/frontend with dummy data without interaction to a backend. Technically, that is just a html template which contains source code of HTML, CSS and Javascript. For example:
Source: ThemeF…

My 2017 Review

Passion for System Design After finishing a one year project, my longest stable team (3 years) was separated into two smaller teams. Sadly, but that was a good chance for me to become a key member in my new team. My preferred skills is about system architectures; therefore most of the tasks of building the application structures are handled by me. In order to enhance my design system skills, I have spent much my time for reading books closely after work. These following books helps me a lot.
- Object-Oriented Thought Process | Matt Weisfeld
- Head First Design Pattern | Elisabeth Freeman and Kathy Sierra
- Java 8 in Action: Lambdas, Streams, and Functional-style Programming | Alan Mycroft and Mario Fusco
Junior Technical Architect I was requested to join a technical architect team (aka Team. Alpha) where I actually has gained experiences almost on interviewing candidates for my company (lol). Besides, I noticed myself must improve the skills of convincing people because I have had a …

Git Feature Branch Workflow

Motivator It's important for a team to have an agreement on how the changes of source code should be applied.
According to projects and teams size, we will define a workflow or select one from recommended workflows; the "Feature Branch Workflow" is a candidate.
What is it? - One branch "master" for main codebase
- Several separated branches for features development
Why should we care? - Be super simple and allow each developer works on a particular feature.
- A stable codebase (master) benefits for continuous integration (CI) environment
- Leverage "Pull request" for Code review
How it works? A lifecyle of a feature branch (usually created by a story)
1. Creator creates a new branch from a story.  For example: "ABC-1-setup-projects"
2. Creator checkouts the created branch and works on the branch (commits, pushes)
3. Creator has done the feature, he uses "pull request" to merge his branch into branch "master"
4. Reviewers…

The 2017 Scrum Guide, and My Notes Scrum is not only designed for software development Scrum can be used for addressing any complex issues:
1. Research and identify viable markets, technologies, and product capabilities;
2. Develop products and enhancements;
3. Release products and enhancements, as frequently as many times per day;
4. Develop and sustain Cloud (online, secure, on-demand) and other operational environments for product use; and,
5. Sustain and renew products.
Scrum Values is a key factor for building trust and respect among team members The five values are:
1. Commitment
2. Courage
3. Focus
4. Openness
5. Respect
Daily Scrum's questions are more focused on inspection and adaption rather than the status 1. What did I do yesterday that helped the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
2. What will I do today to help the Development Team meet the Sprint Goal?
3. Do I see any impediment that prevents me or the Development Team from meeting the Sprint Goal?
Why Scrum still needs Scru…

Building Axon.ivy Projects on Bitbucket Pipelines

Read me if you don't know what Axon.ivy (Ivy) is.
Motivation - Ivy projects are designed to be built on a continuous integration (CI) server like Jenkins
- Today, Bitbucket supports for CI with Bitbucket Pipelines
- We're using Bitbucket. Then, why not? It must be very cool and convenient for us if we can centralize our CI and VCS (version control system) tools in one place.
Here is an approach We have to use a maven plugin called project-build-plugin to build ivy projects. This plugin requires an instance of Ivy engine during building time.
Bitbucket Pipelines allows us to specify our own docker image as a build environment. What we need to do  is to prepare our docker image with needed stuffs such as JDK, Maven, Ivy engine, etc. Step 1. Prepare Docker images For testing purpose, I already created two docker images: Maven and Axon.ivy engine. They are now available on Docker Hub

This image for Maven using Oracle JDK 8
This image for Axon.ivy Engine 7.0.1

Step 2. Configure Maven…