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7-year-old British Pakistani boy becomes world’s youngest computer programmer


London: A British boy of Pakistani origin has set a new world record by becoming the world’s youngest qualified computer programmer, a media report said.

This is not the first time that Muhammad Humza Shahzad, 7, has set a world record.

According to reports, Humza in 2015, became the youngest MS Office Specialist by passing three latest Microsoft Office exams which includes MS Word 2013, MS PowerPoint 2013 and MS Excel 2013, The News reported.

His recent outstanding professional qualification authorises him to become a qualified programmer to pass MS exam “98-361 Software Development Fundamentals”.

Through this exam, Microsoft validates the proficiency of candidate in the areas like C# language, object oriented Design, web app, windows app, console app, web service, windows service and Databases.

Humza’s parents Asim Shahzad and Seemab Asim told The News that computing skills come naturally to their son and they never put him under any pressure to learn.

They said they are the “proudest parents” because their son has made a world record. They said they have worked with him to develop his own interest but he takes his own initiatives and comes up with new ideas in routine.

Humza was born in Lahore in 2009 but his parents moved to London in 2011 after Asim Shahzad was offered an IT job.

A Microsoft official said about Humza: “He is so skilled at the age of 7 and can easily create all kind of computer applications 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 object oriented programming, heap, stack, memory management, data structures perhaps better than many experienced programmers,” the official added.

Speaking to The News, Humza said about his latest achievement: “I am feeling ecstatic and making fun with my new skills. I want to be the new Bill Gates one day. I like to watch fiction movies at home, I play games on IPad and laptop and play football with Dad.”


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