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I'm sorry but I just have to say, I don't like that people that young are so successful but he managed it through hard work. I'm a senior in high school and I just know how to assemble a computer together .

Sorry, but when I was 11 (mind you that was 19 years ago...) I was putting together computers from scratch. (hell we even assembled computers in a class in high school back then) . Just remember back then there was no massive reference called the internets then. I'm not suprised that the kid can write code in today's world... hell he's just one of many doing this kinda stuff.
Edited by Seanage - 11/16/11 at 7:00am
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I really don't see much amazement here in all honesty. Not trying to sound stuck up but I did this sort of thing too at his age.

I got in so much trouble for not paying attention in my math class and programming games into my TI-83 calculator. My programming experience was not nearly as refined as his though, all I had was a simple program my friend made and I sat down with the instruction manual and time and programmed a new game every other day.

What I do find impressive is the amount of knowledge and ease it was for him to start this. When I was in school I was pretty much on my own when it came down to programming. I didn't have a book that taught me languages, nor did I even know what the word paradigm meant, but I learned several concepts and adapted what I had seen in video games up to that point (most of them being DOS / SSH based) and put the same concepts into the ones I learned.

I made countless text based adventures, some reflex based and programs that did my math homework for me.

I'm supremely impressed to see the mindset of schools and students look at this at an entirely different fashion then it's expressed to me. As I said, I started this in the 6th-7th grade however, I was punished and told to stop wasting time in class (even though I didn't listen.) I recall my math teacher being upset with me that I didn't show my work and just wrote down answers on my assignments so I made the calculator show me all of my work for me. This made her even angrier and she was worried I wasn't learning what I needed to. The thought that ran through my mind was "If I'm intelligent enough to program these concepts and make a calculator perform work for me, what concepts have I not learned?"

Even in high school programming was a VERY niche based class. We had only two classes that taught QBasic (A class which I aced just from my previous experience) and Java (version 1 at the time).

I truly do hope we can encourage students like these to move forward into this new era of computers and take a firm grip on their willingness to learn.
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@Black, I think its a lot more acceptable these days to be doing this sort of thing.. maybe not as glorified as this kid is getting, but I bet there are plenty of others like him out there doing the same thing. The key difference between your or "our" era and today's for the youth is that they have so much more information available to them. "Back in our days" it was harder to find stuff.. programming was either by textbook if you could get your hands on one or simply hands on. Today, for programming, you could simply google a specific topic and chances are SOMEONE has done it, or in a similar fashion... and if not, you could piecemeal your stuff together if you had enough time with other references. Hell, I made a facebook bejeweled bot using IR and automating the mouse clicking through 2 separate tutorials and had the thing running within 4 hours...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJienH1ODz4
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Lol at all the internet prodigies here on OCN that have decided to bless us with their insight and talents after seeing this kid get attention. Get over it guys and don't be so jelly, he is obviously very smart and has a bright future.
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Rather curious when you went through school Majin.

I clearly remember programming being a very "weird" thing to do when I was growing up. It wasn't something for kids to be doing.
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That kid will be mega successful.

Can't state that for sure. Long before his age I was already dealing with infinitely concepts by second grade. Capable of doing high level coding by 4th. However, I'm struggling through university due to my medical issues. Who's to know this guy isn't going to fall victim to similar or different causes. Well, unless he is sheltered. But anyways, good luck to this kid.
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Ooooh man. What a kid. His speech is awesome, and the fact that he simply KNOWS how to code at his age, is amazing in itself.

Edit. Oh, I'll say also what I did at his age (so many geniuses here, OH THE IRONY). At the age of 10, I assembled cleaning robots with the Robotics Invention 1.5 (Lego, remember?) that cleaned the house on their own. The program? Bah hah hah. A super simple 'Hit a wall with the right sensor: go backwards, turn, go forward'. And the same for the other side.

So even though my friends at that age barely knew how to configure a television while I designed LEGO robots, what I did was nowhere comparable to this buddy's skills. thumb.gif
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Lol at all the internet prodigies here on OCN that have decided to bless us with their insight and talents after seeing this kid get attention. Get over it guys and don't be so jelly, he is obviously very smart and has a bright future.

good troll attempt. ur pro
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Crap! I still need to get ahold of the new interface xD

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I've created some neat apps, not for iOS, mainly because of licensing. smile.gif Good to see others like me.
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