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The reason it's great to be a young developer is all the press it garners. Even a mediocre game will earn a top spot on HN if it's programmed by a young person.

It's endemic at hackathons. If you're a 14-18 year old girl, you owe it to yourself to head to the nearest hackathon with an interesting first place prize. You'll win.

A lot of people give unwarranted applause to young developers. So it's pretty easy for it to go their heads. I definitely agree that doing something at a younger age doesn't really mean that it's "better".

Some encouragement is a whole lot better than nothing though. For every one of these young app store success stories there's probably 10 who are just as technically gifted, but just enjoy programming for programmings sake.

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