This 13 Year Old App Developer Puts Us All To Shame

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13 years old and already has more apps in the App Store than I do.
13 years old and already has more apps in the App Store than I do.
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  • TheNickF

    Well, I’m 16 and the app/service I co-founded has 300k users. So in answer to your question, yes. :P even more interesting, my name is also Nick.

  • mr_bee

    I like that he cares about the icon for the app. :-)

    The icon is actually one of the most important aspects of any app, but so many developers don’t seem to give a crap about what their icon looks like. Big mistake for them, big win for people like Nick.

  • Rob LeFebvre

    Well, I’m 16 and the app/service I co-founded has 300k users. So in answer to your question, yes. :P even more interesting, my name is also Nick.

    Awesome – maybe you guys could form a first-name app developer company! ;)

    Seriously, though, tell us your story, too?

  • xxTigerShark

    I made the Ultimate Buzzer right when I turned 14 have had over 100,000 downloads. Made Tweet Blaster in January when I was 14 and made Quick Tweeter a while ago with no help and a 2007 MacBook. I think I have done a little more. That’s not even all my apps. I have learned all this on my own and now am learning android. So Uhh yeah :)

  • ggore

    Oh but it’s skueomorphic, a piece of paper on a desk, no one does that any more, that’s ugly, it should just be a blank square space with a cursor. At least that’s what all the pundits have been saying lately. I beg to disagree, this kid has done a good job.

  • ddevito

    kudos to the kid, that’s what this is all about.

  • ddevito

    Oh but it’s skueomorphic, a piece of paper on a desk, no one does that any more, that’s ugly, it should just be a blank square space with a cursor. At least that’s what all the pundits have been saying lately. I beg to disagree, this kid has done a good job.

    I have to agree – I mean, what SHOULD:

    -a Save icon be besides a diskette?

    -a folder icon be rather than a manila folder?

    So on and so forth.

  • bowlingGreen

    This is Nicholas. He convinced his dad to spend $2500 on a Macbook, which in itself is evidence Americans live in sheer gluttony.

  • Jonathan Ober

    This is Nicholas. He convinced his dad to spend $2500 on a Macbook, which in itself is evidence Americans live in sheer gluttony.

    or it shows that his dad believes in his son and what he wants to do with his life which is more important than your short-sighted gluttony angle. I mean seriously if more dads cared about their kids like Nick’s dad did than just impregnate their mom and move on (big problem in the city near me) then we may actually start moving forward as a society. I applaud the expense which was probably cheaper in the long run than buying the kid an xbox and some games for Christmas.

  • Walter Deleon

    Kudos to the kid for doing what he loves. I myself am 16 and i’ve written a few books for the iBookstore, and I’ve gotten a few thousand downloads over a few weeks. But thats nothing. I can’t imagine how dedicated he is for learning how to code.

  • grahamj

    My dad and I built an Apple ][ clone in 1979 and I started coding after that. I was 7. It’s much easier to get into now.

  • Lyosha Blinnikov

    I started programming when I was 13, using an old outdated PC (Pentium with 16MB RAM in 2005), and began working on a paint program (similar to MS Paint but with more features). I had no steady internet access at the time so I would burn CDs of the program and give it away to friends. I had a “company” name and everything, since I was trying to imitate the bigger software companies back then. The program is now known as “NPS Image Editor”.

    The thing that really got me into programming was the sheer amount of freedom I had — programming was free and practically limitless in terms of what I could do. And I hate to say this, but the high cost of Apple programming (a Mac + developer license + ideally an iPod/iPhone) is what discouraged me from trying out iPhone programming when the hardware first came out.

    It’s always great to hear about the achievements of young developers. Keep up the good work, Nick!