The following is an excerpt from ABBY ELLIN and JOANNA STERN | April 28, 2012 | abcnews.go.com |
Thomas Suarez, like many 12 year olds, spends a lot of time at his computer. But Suarez isn’t just playing games or chatting with friends. More often than not, he’s developing iPhone apps.
When he was 9, Suarez found himself downloading the iOS Developer ToolKit and simulation tool onto his computer, and teaching himself Python, Java and C.
Within a few months he had created his first app, Earth Fortune, and convinced his parents, Ralph and Margaret, to shell out $99 to get his wares into Apple’s App Store. He even started his own company, CarrotCorp.
“After Earth Fortune launched, I had eventually saved enough money to buy an iPod Touch,” Suarez told ABC News.
And with that he was off and running. He has since designed other apps, including “Bustin Jieber,” a game that lets users, well, whack Justin Bieber when he moves to a different location on the screen.
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