“All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.” – Orison Swett Marden.
Sachin is a dreamer; and so am I. My first job, first assignment and then the first salary are probably the three things I looked forward to most in the year 2013. I began on this journey of learning precisely on the third day of January 2013. Midway through the year I had my first job and within a couple of months was handed my first major assignment.
The great joy and thrill of software development comes in the creation of something entirely new from nothing. Creating my first app at my first job was exciting as it is; but creating a Tendulkar Android app was the icing on the cake.
As an ardent cricket follower nothing could be more rewarding for a rookie like me than to create an app as a tribute to the master just as he was ending his career. I was three days old when Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut and have never known cricket without him.
I have tried to incorporate in the application everything a fan or a connoisseur would look for in an app involving Tendulkar India’s greatest sportsperson ever.
I thought it was especially important to include as many videos and sourced some really thrilling ones like his last over of the Hero Cup, the desert storm at Sharjah on his birthday and his assault on Waqar Younis in Toronto in 1996, these being some of my personal favorites.
Since Tendulkar is synonymous with numbers I thought it was vital to include a quick ready reference to his Cricinfo page, just what a fan would need quick and easy when stuck in an argument over Tendulkar and all his numbers. Fans can stay connected to him through his twitter and facebook page.
I was lucky enough to get first feedback on the mobile app right in my backyard. From Dad, who has watched most of Tendulkar’s cricket from the commentary box over the last 12 years or so, I got a serious nod and a pat on the back. Mom was thrilled as any mom would be and fumbled through it with a bit of help. Needless to say none of this would have been possible without help from my colleagues.
As the app was perfected and uploaded onto the play store, I was as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. The first downloads and the first reviews were the most rewarding. Being able to combine a passion with my profession was both- learning and a rewarding experience and would love to be a part of a similar project soon. Whoever said you don’t mess work with play has never probably done something like this in his life!
“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Stan Lee
Well, not so much power as responsibility in my case. With over 500 downloads and 12 five star ratings on the play store, I get the feeling that people have really appreciated my efforts. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar never let down his fans, and neither will I. I will strive to make this, what is now more than just a mobile software, better in every way that I can.