Developers' Hall of Fame made me famous

Monday, October 01, 2007 at 11:57 AM



As a new Desktop gadget developer, I'd like to share a short story about my experience with developing gadgets and interacting with the developer community. In the end, developing Google Desktop gadgets has turned out to be more exciting than I ever expected.

Ever since I was a kid I've enjoyed playing with computers and all kinds of gadgets. As a student I started experimenting with various programming languages and building my own little applications. I found out about Google Desktop from my friend Kamal Singh, who showed me some of the Desktop gadgets he developed and urged me to give it a try. I followed his advice and played around with a few gadgets from the Google Desktop gadgets gallery. I found them quite useful and was intrigued by the possibilities offered by the Google Desktop Gadget API, so I decided to implement my own gadget.

The Gadget Designer and the samples in the Google Desktop SDK gave me a good understanding of basic gadget programming and debugging techniques. I experimented with a few simple gadgets, then I looked for more advice and knowledge sharing from the Google Desktop developer community. I started corresponding with Bijoy Thangaraj, who helped me finish one of my complex gadgets. Later I started discussing my ideas and received great feedback from other top developers such as Yannick Stucki and Teodor Filimon. I also came across the developers' Hall of Fame and was impressed with the cool gadgets implemented by the top developers. I said to myself, "Maybe I can make it into the Google Desktop Developers' Hall of Fame."

After submitting six gadgets, I finally got my own place in the Hall of Fame. My classmates and the principal at my school knew about my interest in Google Desktop gadgets, but they were really impressed when they found out about my spot in the Hall of Fame. Now I have been asked to speak about my experience in front of the entire student body at an upcoming school assembly.

All I can say is, "I'm feeling lucky!" :-)

13 comments:

james said...

This is a really cool story. Let us know how the assembly went. :)

vishnu said...

assembly is expected to be this week, if there is no rain :) i will surely let everyone know about it

Anonymous said...

if possible please have someone take few pictures.

Teo said...

Congratulations, Vishnu!

The Reader said...

All the best Vishnu!!
Yes, it's a great, story. :)

Bijoy Thangaraj said...

Great story!

BTW... Are you gonna wear the Google T-Shirt for the assembly?

vishnu said...

guys... assembly is over... it was great :).. i think i did well.. some students came to me and told my speech was inspiring... the main focus was on Google hehehe. i told Google is a great company that helps people to develop creative and informative goodies and apps, and also mentioned about the resources and help that Google gave me. i "adviced" my friends to stop wasting time on internet and do something useful, the principal asked everyone to use the utilize resources wisely. i also got a new "job" to make a website for my School.hehehe, anyway it was a great experience :)

vishnu said...

and bijoy.. i had to be in School Uniform :(

rohith said...

Congrats man :)..keep up the good work :) keep codin,keep rockin ;)

rohith said...

i dnt think u expect my post here.Anyway i'm rohit who studied with ur bro Unni :D

Varun said...

Awesome work buddy. Never expected you to go this far ;)
Anyway, congrats and keep the good work going.
Would be expecting to see you in the Google comp. sooner... :)

Anonymous said...

interesting story...have a task for you, i have not seen any gadgets which shows world gold prices..a gadget like that could be very useful, i trade in gold and having prices on my google desktop would be really good...thank you in advance..

James [GD Team] said...

hi,

please post your request on the developer forum:

http://groups.google.com/group/Google-Desktop-Developer/

thanks,
james