This is one more of those brilliant whiz kid stories. Pulkit Madan is an 18 year old Grade 12 student based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh who has launched Coffee.io. Coffee.io is a collaboration tool for developers; in layman terms, Google Docs for Coders. Pulkit started coding himself back in the 8th grade and has an interesting story that led to the inception of Coffee.io.
Here's how the story goes...
Back in 9th grade, Pulkit suffered from an ailment due to which he had to take a lot of holidays from school. As per standard procedures, he applied for leaves because doctors couldn't find the reason behind his ailment (serious skin allergy) and he couldn't attend school. Then came standard 10th board exams and the principal rejected his form due to excessive holidays. On the other hand, the vice-principal informed him that the board authorities were fine by it and he would be allowed to sit. But politics kicked in and due to some reason, he wasn't allowed to take his exams.
This forced him to take up NIOS (National Institute of open schooling) and this turned out to be fortunate in a way because he had a lot of time at his hand and this when the coding and designing bug bit him.
Coffee.io is a real time collaboration tool for developers. "We help a group of developers work together without any hassle of setting up things on their local machine and exchanging files again and again. Suppose, I am working on a project with two other developers and we have to work on a same file. In that case , normally only one developer starts the work and when he is finished he has to send the file to the other developer who will then make sure to set everything on his local machine and continue working on the project. But sometimes the second developer faces problems with the coding done by the first developer and then they have to start again with the same thing. To solve this problem , what coffee.io does is let the first developer start the project and then other developers can join the project in the same time and work together," explains Pulkit.
Experiments with the Coffee Layout
Coffee.io provide them with a real time code-editor which shows each developer where exactly the other developer is working in the project , an online terminal and ability to create MYSQL or MongoDB databases with just a click so that they don't have to set things again and again. "As we don't want to force the developer's to host their project on our platform , they can actually download the whole project in zip format with a click of a button and then they can host it anywhere they want," adds Pulkit.
Coffee.io currently supports 75 programming languages and more will be added soon. The project is funded by his father and partly from his freelancing money that Pulkit earns. As a very matured sign off note Pulkit says, "I would like to mention that age really doesn't matter. Don't keep yourself limited because of it or else you will be losing many good things around."
Make and drink some awesome coffee :)