Like most children were fascinated by ‘flying machines’ in the sky, Ajay wanted to become a pilot in his childhood!!! He studied his engineering from NIT Trichy and is now an IT professional in Pune.
Ajay won the first prize in txtWeb’s recent app contest, Code Warriors. His app, @vinbox, a virtual inbox, creates a back-up of all messages in the web, it impressed the judges for its innovative motive and won Ajay a Samsung’s Galaxy Tab worth INR 26000.
Post the contest, we caught up with Ajay to chat with him about his win and txtWeb’s platform. Here’s a glimpse of that chat -
On Code Warriors:
What was your motivation in developing @vinbox?
I developed my app @vinbox, a virtual inbox to help users save their important messages on the web and also share them in various social networks.
What was your experience in the Code Warriors App contest?
My experience was awesome. As the theme was to create an innovative app, it actually made me devise ways in which I could leverage txtWeb platform to solve a common problem.
What were your learnings from it?
While presenting this app to the panel of experts from txtWeb, I got very valuable suggestions regarding future improvements in the App.
Your other Apps on txtWeb
Which other apps do you have on txtWeb currently? Which one is the most popular among users?
Last year I built @sendmail , it sends SMS as email to any desired email address.
Your experience with txtWeb:
Considering that txtWeb is platform agnostic, which technology do you use to develop apps on txtWeb?
I used JAVA to build the app and deployed in Google App Engine platform.
As a developer, why would you recommend txtWeb platform to other developers?
I would recommend txtWeb to other developers for couple of reasons -- Firstly it has a quick turnaround time, you can build an app in matter of hours. This gives you more time to think about the idea and also your app directly reaches millions of users.
Which are the other platforms you have developed apps on?
I have built apps for Android and Facebook platforms.
How has your experience been on txtWeb vis-a-vis other platforms?
The main advantage of txtWeb is its simplicity and relatively short learning time.
Which online resources, websites, and forums do you often visit and recommend to other developers?
techcrunch.com and highscalability.com
Who is your role model? What are your personal aspirations?
Joshua Bloch is my role model for his contributions to the java language. I am also a fan of his books. My personal aspiration is to open a start-up but have not finalised on a business model yet.
Education - BTech from NIT Trichy
Profession - IT Professional based in Pune
Hobbies - Watching cricket
Role/Title: Community Manager
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