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Jan 19 2011   5:27PM GMT

The teenage future for software development

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick

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In case you were wondering why young people are avoiding working in IT in their droves, a report on BBC’s Newsbeat programme for teenagers gives you a clue.

Fourteen-year old Robert Nay from Utah has topped the iTunes free app chart with an app he developed after teaching himself how to code.

No computer science degree needed, no letters after his name or professional memberships. Just, as Nike once said, do it.

Given that by the time he is out of college, young Robert will probably have spent three years on a media studies course and end up working as an accountant (well, if he was British he would), perhaps he is not yet symptomatic of a teen threat to the UK software industry. But one day…

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