9-Year-Old Writes Popular iPhone App

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2009 4:54 PM CST
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(Newser) – A 9-year-old Singapore boy has created a drawing application for the iPhone that is popular around the world, the Electric New Paper reports. Lim Ding Wen reworked one of his existing 20 programs for the touchscreen gadget. “I wrote the program for my younger sisters, who like to draw,” he said of the app, downloaded more than 4,000 times. “But I am happy that people like it.”

Lim was taught to program by his father, who works in technology and has a similar app competing on iTunes. “Every evening, we check the statistics e-mailed to us to see who has more downloads,” Dad said. The younger Lim said he completed the project in “a few days” and has started to write a sci-fi game, tentatively titled Invader Wars.