Me and My Mac: Meet the World’s Youngest Apple Programmer

Me and My Mac: Meet the World’s Youngest Apple Programmer

We’re starting a new reader submitted series called “Me and My Mac.” Instead of just showing your Mac setup, we want to see you with your Apple hardware.

We told you to get creative and send in submissions for the first round. And like usual, the Cult of Mac audience did not disappoint. To start off, lets meet the world’s youngest Apple programmer.

Me and My Mac: Meet the World’s Youngest Apple Programmer

This is Lim Xin Mei. She’s 6-years-old. She’s learning how to program with the Applesoft language. She was coding on an Apple IIGS, but her parents later switched her to a PowerMac 7200 running an Apple IIGS emulator. Xin Mei is now learning simple graphic programming on an iMac G3.

Me and My Mac: Meet the World’s Youngest Apple Programmer

We look forward to what you create in the future, Xin Mei!

This is just a taste of what we have in the pipeline for the Me and My Mac series. We’ve already received tons of great submissions, and the first official round will be published soon.

You still have plenty of time to send in your own submission to the Me and My Mac series! Send your pictures and anything else you’d like to say to (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address) with the subject: “Me and My Mac.”

  • Levo Dextro

    What a cutie!

  • Michael

    Reminds me of the small amount of QBasic I had to learn in computer class. Awesome for her!

  • ?? ?

    Thank You! She’s my daughter. Her elder brother is also an Apple II programmer but he only started at 7 (and get known by 9 for his iPhone skill – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/787….

    Xin Mei is very happy to see her pictures here!

  • likethepear

    Why do they only show one submission at a time? Would be better if it was a gallery.

  • EmmaMitch557611616528

    What a cutie! ..

    Heyy Guys, I just got a $829.99 iPåd2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
    I use BÏDFiRsT. COM

  • EmmaMitch557611616528

    What a cutie! ..

    Heyy Guys, I just got a $829.99 iPåd2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
    I use BÏDFiRsT. COM

  • ?? ?

    She is now learning Applesoft BASIC, since we can just boot an Apple IIGS (without disk) and just start typing commands!

  • Bob BRent

    Actually, following Chinese tradition the little cutie is Xin Mei, with Lim being her family name Heath Alex!!!

  • ?? ?

    You can also see Xin Mei and her brother and sister teaches Apple IIGS animation in The Apple IIGS Show: http://www.youtube.com/view_pl

  • ZeeKazim

    Perhaps there aren’t as many submissions as the desktop setups’…

  • ?? ?

    You can see more Xin Mei photos here: http://xin-mei.appspot.com/web

  • abristle

    Yeah, Xinmei is her given name.

  • alexheath

    Thanks! I’ll fix that.

  • lumpia91791

    AWWWWWWWWWW…………………………..look at that dimple!

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    That’s just cute. It should be “the worlds youngest and cutest Apple programmer” I mean, you’re not going to find another Apple programmer cuter than that, come on!”

  • ?? ?

    Xin Mei says thank you. :)

  • kappesante

    best article of this website since 1846

  • ?? ?

    You can see more images of Xin Mei on her home page: http://xin-mei.appspot.com

  • BB Caspian

    Is that Lisa?

  • ?? ?

    Lisa? Steve Jobs daughter?

    No, she’s mine.

  • MrsDilettante

    that’s adorable. but what is she programming it to do?

  • James Podesta

    this is inspiring…!!  my daughter would probably enjoy some basic programming. She’s 6 also.   I don’t have an old apple,  but could knock up a little iPad basic interpreter for her…

  • Tmlynn66

    No, you won’t find anyone cuter!  I wish she were my daughter!! 

  • Antwonlishus

    Shouldn’t it be called, “My Mac and me”?

  • ?? ?

    Mmm… just for fun? For her age, nothing serious, just draw some lines and dots, change color, do some FOR loop print statement, that’s it.

  • ?? ?

    You can try using an Apple II emulator. Sweet16 is a good one for Mac!

  • ?? ?

    btw, Xin Mei’s Chinese name is ???, for those who can read Chinese.

  • ?? ?

    I have a question: I wanted to print (or save to PDF) this article for Xin Mei, but what is printed (or save to PDF) via Safari does not preserve the page formatting and looks very ugly. What should I do?

  • ?? ?

    I have a question: I wanted to print (or save to PDF) this article for Xin Mei, but what is printed (or save to PDF) via Safari does not preserve the page formatting and looks very ugly. What should I do?

  • ?? ?

    For those who like Xin Mei, here’s more photos and her paintings!

    xin-mei.appspot.com

  • Bob BRent

    Try Select all, copy, paste into TextEdit, then delete all the extra stuff you don’t and then Print as a PDF (it fits on 1 8&1/2″ x 11″ page. You can also use Custom paper size when you want to print a longer page as a 1-page PDF (with a little trial & error)

    P.S. I loved the third screen: “I love Xin Mei!” teaching her good self-esteem!

  • Bob BRent

    Another approach is if you want the page to look “exactly” like it is on-screen is to take several screenshots selections (Command-Shift-4, or Preview>File>Take Screenshot>From Selection) of page, scrolling to get a break where there is no text and then piece them together in Keynote or PowerPoint or Photoshop to reconstruct the page.

    I’d be interested in knowing from other readers if there is software or another less cumbersome way of doing this.
    It’s worth saving for Xin Mei’s scrapbook!

  • ?? ?

    Tried and the result in TextEdit isn’t good. It is worse than printing in Safari.

    She wrote that small program herself. She is now learning FOR loop (and variables) and Lores graphics but still does not know how to combined both together.

  • ?? ?

    Do you know that this article is published on the eve of Apple IIGS 25th anniversary? Apple IIGS arrived at 15th September 1986 and it forever changed my life.

    Apple IIGS Forever!

  • xyzzymagicat

    If you search the web, you’ll find there are a bunch of online document or ebook converters that create PDFs, and some of them take URLs as input… One of those might be able to get the job done properly.

  • MOB_i_L

    I don’t think Apple App Store would distribute it since they usually disallow apps that are programming languages or emulators. It could be distributed on cydia. I have a 7″ Android tab and it has two Apple II-emulators and also a BASIC-interpreter called ‘BASIC! + SQL’. They can be found on Android Market.

  • MOB_i_L

    I don’t think Apple App Store would distribute it since they usually disallow apps that are programming languages or emulators. It could be distributed on Cydia. I have a 7″ Android tab and it has two Apple II-emulators and also a BASIC-interpreter called ‘BASIC! + SQL’. They can be found on Android Market.

  • ?? ?

    Excellent advice! I search and found a web site named PDF Converter and the result is great! 

    Thanks!

  • stephan

    i find processing really made it easy for me to start programming. it gives you visual results super fast. Processing can also be used to program arduinos and so control real world objects.
    good luck.

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