Muhammad Hamza Shahzad is a seven-year-old British boy of Pakistani origin who has become the world's youngest computer programmer, setting an unprecedented record.
A resident of Handsworth area in Birmingham, he has been trained by his father, Asim, who works with an American IT firm. Speaking to Birmingham Mail recently, he said
I want to be Bill Gates.
This is not the first time when Hamza has set a world record, he had became the world's youngest Microsoft Office Professional (MOP) last year at the age of six. In an exam, where candidates needed 700 points to get the coveted certificate, Hamza has scored 757, a Microsoft spokesperson said, adding he is now proficient in Software Development Fundamentals.
He can easily create web app and manages to develop his own basic shopping cart app. He has got his hands dirty in Windows desktop app, console app, Windows services, web services and finds it really fun to develop simple console-based game applications. He can explain about heap, stack, memory management, data structures perhaps better than many experienced programmers," the spokesperson added.
The genius, who moved with his family to the West Midlands from London recently, is now working on his own computer game.
I want to make a game and that's what I'm doing at the moment - 30 clicks and you win, he said.
While other youngsters are glued to children’s TV, Muhammad busies himself creating computer programs. He has been tutored by Asim, a hi-tec wizard with elite US IT company Cyber Royal. The 40-year-old says,
At school, he sets his own standards. We try to make him better not just for him, but for others. This is what we can do for him.