WHILE most youngsters her age are learning to read and write, this clever four-year-old has already mastered the art of computer coding.
Anshi Perla became interested in computing after watching her software developer parents — mum Sri, 28, and dad Akhilesh, 35 — work from home at the start of lockdown. She asked if she could ‘play’ too.
Akhilesh taught her to use code to make pictures of her favourite cartoon characters, such as Peppa Pig, appear on screen when she input commands.
And now she is working on creating her own application programming interface — that’s an ‘API’ to techies — which allows two apps to talk to one another. Akhilesh, of Barking, east London, said: ‘Anshi would see us dragging different components to create programs, and was fascinated with the visual elements.
‘She wanted to get involved and, when I would sit down in the morning to work, she would come over and say, “Daddy, daddy, I want to play!” So I let her play around with the keyboard and the mouse first to see if she could actually use it — and she managed to figure how it worked straight away.’
Although Anshi obviously has a rare talent, her parents are keen to keep computing ‘fun’. Akhilesh said: ‘She’s really enjoying coding and that’s the key thing for us… it’s fun.’