At the age when some of our 7-year-olds are busy running around clueless about what to do, a 7-year-old outside the country is doing great stuff. Zora Ball, a 7-year-old girl from Harambee Institute in Pennsylvania is the youngest person to ever develop a full mobile game which was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania Bootstrap Expo. The girl said she reconfigured her app on the fly using the bootstrap programming language which she has fully mastered as well.
For those who don’t know, bootstrapping has many definitions but in computers, pressing a bootstrap button causes a hardwired program to read a bootstrap program from an input unit. The computer would then execute the bootstrap program, which caused it to read more program instructions. In complex applications – such as the game Zora Ball created – bootstrapping allows for the input and implementation of a string of several complex commands.
Can we stop patting the 9-year-old from Doregos Academy who has a Microsoft certification but hasn’t really produced anything (on the back) and look forward to raising kids who actually produce stuff?