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Nine year old writes iPhone app.

This is kind of depressing. 25 years ago, thousands of nine-year olds were writing stuff like this as a matter of course. Now, a single kid doing it merits a news story.

Date: 2009-02-06 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carsmilesteve.livejournal.com
AND he didn't have to copy out pages of machine code to do it, kids of tiday, THEY DON'T KNOW THEY'RE BORN. we were GLAD to debug 5000 lines of spectrum basic, it were a TREAT for us ;)

Date: 2009-02-06 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratemoggy.livejournal.com
bet he never even had to pretend to enjoy LOGO.

Assembly code trumps

Date: 2009-02-06 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katstevens.livejournal.com
I bet he can't draw his program using diagram of a multi-cycle interlocked pipeline processor, can he? CAN HE???
Edited Date: 2009-02-06 01:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-02-06 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbp.livejournal.com
He should get a prize for writing MacOS programs in Pascal :-)

Date: 2009-02-06 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] boyofbadgers.livejournal.com
Haha, I totally missed that bit!

Date: 2009-02-06 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lozette.livejournal.com
I think this is the part where I'm meant to feel like I'm not a real programmer, cos I never touched a computer properly until I was 19 :-)

That said, I do remember writing a few lines of BASIC when I was about 7 or so.

Date: 2009-02-06 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plumsbitch.livejournal.com
haha. Maybe we swopped brains, coz my various programmery friends have asked me over the years why I'm *not* one, coz I was yr classic speccy kid playing with a speccy (and machine coding - yup) at age 7/8/9.

Date: 2009-02-06 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tansu.livejournal.com
heh, this is also me.

Date: 2009-02-06 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-roofdog.livejournal.com
The kid's Dad seems to be on your side, but also at the same time a bit of a hard-nosed b@stard:

"Doodle Kids is an extremely simple program that can be done by anybody. Everybody can program - if Ding Wen can, so can you"

No nonsense parenting.

Date: 2009-02-06 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] friend-of-tofu.livejournal.com
Lim's father - Lim Thye Chean - a chief technology officer at a local hi-tech firm, who also writes iPhone applications, was modest about his son's achievements.

Yeah, you're not wrong :-/

Date: 2009-02-06 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-tom.livejournal.com
Shurely the real story is that a 9-year-old kid can write an application that ends up in the pockets of thousands of users, rather than just in his bedroom.
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