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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]
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]
bet he never even had to pretend to enjoy LOGO.

Assembly code trumps

Date: 2009-02-06 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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]
He should get a prize for writing MacOS programs in Pascal :-)

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

Date: 2009-02-06 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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]
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]
heh, this is also me.

Date: 2009-02-06 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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]
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]
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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