9 and up


     Many geeks who are not quite fluent in any particular programming language wish they had the mad skills needed to write a good iPhone application. Many of us have dreamed that one day we will create a masterful application that will become famous throughout the world, but most of the time that’s just a fantasy.

     Lim Ding Wen, a nine-year-old from Singapore, is here to shatter all confidence you had on your own programming prowess. Young Lim created a doodling app for his younger siblings, called Doodle Kids. Lim says, “I wrote the program for my younger sisters, who like to draw,” but I’m sure iPhone and iPod touch users of all ages will enjoy this simple yet colorful game.

     After doodling by dragging your fingers across your iPhone’s screen, you can simply shake your iPhone to erase what you’ve drawn. To save your work of art, just press the power and home button simultaneously and it’ll go directly into your saved photos album. I’m sure his 3 and 5-year-old sisters are enjoying this app, and with over 4,000 downloads, it seems that other iPhone users are, too.

     Apparently Lim Ding Wen, the nine-year-old genius, is fluent in six different programming languages, and enjoys reading programming books. With his rate of learning, it’s no surprise that he’s working on another app called “Invader Wars”.