Monday, February 09, 2009

9 yo programmes iPhone

It doesn't take rocketscience to programm for the iPhone. Almost everyone can do this, so it seems. One of the latest hypes in the Appstore is a neat little programme called "Doodle Kids", which is an application written by Lim Ding Wen, a nine year old from Singapore.

Doodle Kids is a neat little application which lets you (or your kids) fingerpaint on your iPhone. Ding Wen programmed it for his sisters, who like painting. Ding Wen has been inspired by his father Thye Chaen, who is also a programmer and blogger. On his blog Chean writes:

The goal of Virtual GS is to bring back the fun and excitement of Apple IIGS programming for all the young children, especially my son Ding Wen.

Well, it worked. On the blog you'll find a short article on the Doodle Kids programme and the code.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Yesterday I stumbled upon yet another Web 2.0 application, that looks cool, but really doesn't do much: Wakoopa. Okay, it does a few things.

Let's have a look:

"Wakoopa tracks what kind of software or games you use,
and lets you create your own software profile. Ready for you to share with the
world. Why? Because what you use on your desktop is who you are"

Wakoopa is a little program you install from a slick looking website:

Once installed Wakoopa tracks which applications you use. Why? Because what you use is who you are so the site says. Why would I want to track what applications I use? Haven't we furiously tried to ban all sorts of trackers and other malware from our PC's?

Here's the next level: I can see which programs my friends use through the Facebook Widget.

I crossed out the face of the one Facebook friend who also uses this software. He's definately geek.

For what it's worth, here are my most used apps, including my background thingies. Now, this is a business tool. My boss will make this mandatory software and see what I do all day. Can anybody tell me why we would like to use this? Judging from the usage of Internet Explorer and Firefix I'd say probably around 15.000 people.

I must say: The website looks cool and slick, very professionally web 2.0. As far as website technology goes, it's a sound piece of work. The technology behind the app... the tracker is pure evil in my opinion. I'm going to ban this sooner or later.... (like the first time I'd start up strip-poker or some other 'private' application I don't want my wife or boss to know about - but probably sooner)

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