Gizmodo's Developers Cubed series offers a behind the scenes look into Australia’s up and coming dev scene. This week: We chat with young developer Elliot Levin about self-taught development and yelping all over the world.
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Who are you and where do you work? My name is Elliot Levin, I am 14 and a student at Brighton Secondary College in Melbourne. I am an accomplished PHP programmer and SQL programmer, self taught. I understand OOP and currently use Model View Controller architectures in my web development work. I excel at maths and am currently working in extended maths as a year 9 student and have a keen interest in physics.
Why do we know you? What have you created? I created netyelp.com which is a site that allows people to submit messages (yelps) into the future at a specified time to anyone and everyone. It does not require any sort of account; therefore no logins are necessary and it works accurately across timezones (including daylight savings time) worldwide.
What are you working on right now? I am currently planning enhancements and features for NetYelp revision 2 and am getting through school. I am also working on redesigning my father's Caulfield South Weather Station site.
What do you think about the rise and rise of App Stores? How has it influenced your titles? I like the concept of app stores however this has not affected my site. I am planning to develop a NetYelp app which I will submit to the Apple app store in the future.
What’s your favourite app that you didn’t create? My favourite app is currently a fantastic tower defence game called 'BloonsTD4'
What phone do you use? Why? I still just use my old Nokia brick — because I have no need for anything more.
What advice do you have for budding Aussie developers out there? If you enjoy and believe in what you are making, just be persistent and open minded and everything will work out.