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  1. 1. Junior high app developer is a pre-teen tycoon in training: Sixth grader gives TEDx talk, makes us regret goofing off in classbyRandy Nelson | Last updated 11:07AM EST on November 11, 2011http://www.tecca.com/news/2011/11/11/junior-high-app-developer/He might not be ready to submit a college application, but ThomasSuarez of Manhattan Beach, California is already releasing apps for iOSdevices. The sixth grader recently gave a talk at TEDxManhattanBeach inwhich he discussed his love of computers (he got into them inkindergarten), his plans for the future, and the inspiration he got fromthe late Steve Jobs.Suarez has released several apps on the Apple App Store since launchinghis first, a fortune-telling title called Earth Fortune, in late 2010. His mostpopular app has been BustinJieber, a Whack-a-Mole style game whereplayers squish the disembodied head of Justin Bieber. "I created itbecause a lot of people at school disliked Justin Bieber a little bit," he toldthe TEDx crowd.After teaching himself programming basics in Python, C, and Java, Suarezsays he took up Apples SDK and Xcode. "Ive gotten a lot of inspirationfrom Steve Jobs," he says. Inspired, he started an App Club at his school,because "not many kids know where to go to find out how to make aprogram." As he sees it, "for soccer, you could go to a soccer team, andfor violin, you could get a lesson from a violinist." But even parents mightnot be a resource, since as he rightly points out, "not many of them havewritten apps."

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