iPhone programming is child’s play for nine-year-old

While many British are battling English and maths, a Singaporean nine-year-old is writing programs for Apple's iPhone.

While many British are battling English and maths, a Singaporean nine-year-old is writing programs for Apple's iPhone.

Fourth-grader Lim Ding Wen Lim's latest application, a painting program called Doodle Kids, has been downloaded more than 4,000 times from Apple's iTunes store in two weeks.

Users draw with their fingers by touching the iPhone's touchscreen and then clear the screen by shaking the phone.

According to Reuters, Lim wrote the program for his sisters, aged three and five, who like to draw. Lim, who was introduced to computers when he was two, has so far written 20 programs using six programming languages.

He now competes with his dad, a chief technology officer at a local technology firm, who also writes iPhone applications, to see whose program is the most popular download.

Lim is hoping his latest iPhone app, a science fiction game called Invader Wars, will be a killer.

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