An undergraduate from IIT Bombay in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Darshan Kapashi was a strong contender in the final list of winners during the Code Warriors contest held in April.
We caught up with him and here’s what he had to say -
On Code Warriors:
My app @connect4 got selected as one of the top 7 apps. It was basically an app which allowed two people to play the classic game where the goal is to make a line of four of your tokens either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
My main motivation was that I wanted to make some “social” app which allowed users to interact in some way with each other. And designing such an interactive game to be played over SMS seemed like a good idea. It started out as a Hack Night project which I completed over the next week.
I never expected that my app will get into the finals! I built it for the unique challenge that it presented and the contest happened to occur during this time, so I took part!
I learnt how to:
I think that the most important thing is the idea and the design used to implement the idea. Coding it then is the relatively easy part. A good design and insight into the problem at hand goes a long way in making a successful app.
On other apps in the platform:
I have a lot of other apps on txtWeb! @trivia, @rps, @checkgmail, @movienames, @iitb, @sports. @trivia seems to be the most popular one. It has 7k registered users and is doing quite well.
I had different reasons for building each of these!
Your experience with txtWeb:
I generally use PHP and MySQL to develop apps since most of the free hosting sites support it. I have also developed a couple of apps in Java.
Not everyone has a smartphone but I guess more than 700 million people have a phone in India! And considering that a lot of them don’t have internet access, everyone does have SMS! IMPACT!
I have developed apps on the Google App Engine, but mostly for txtWeb. I haven’t really developed for other “platforms” but worked on many different projects..
It allows me to have a much wider reach, in the sense that a LOT of people can access my app and for free (at least for now), which is one of the major reasons why I “like” txtWeb!
Google. The second best answer to everything!
The best answer being 42!
I try to incorporate the good traits, qualities, habits and practices of all the people around me. Some of the people I take inspiration from are my parents, my first year mentor at IIT - Pratyush Rathore, the txtWeb team, my batchmates, school friends, seniors, and as I mentioned everyone around me!
3rd year undergraduate student at IIT Bombay
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Internship at Intuit India – Summer 2011
Internship at Facebook – Summer 2012
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