Computer programming is something Jordan Piscitelli has always done and will probably continue to do. \u201cI always liked it,\u201d said Piscitelli, 24, who has lived in Shelton all his life and is a 2009 graduate of Shelton High School, where he had \u201ca good computer science teacher.\u201d His talents seem to run in the family. \u201cA lot of my uncles are computer programmers,\u201d he said, including Gary Johnson of Shelton. Six months ago, Johnson and Piscitelli formed a company, Pocketpests LLC, and released their first mobile app, Chain Link, in March. Johnson, 52, is a 1981 Shelton High graduate. 'We just wanted a challenging game' Piscitelli described Chain Link as \u201can easy-to-play, but deceptively challenging word puzzle game for all ages.\u201d Each Chain Link puzzle consists of five sets of three words. The middle word of each set is missing, and when discovered, it pairs with the words on the left and right to turn them into compound words and phrases. An example of a puzzle would be Bed \u2014 ? \u2014 Spray. The answer would be Bug, forming compound words on each side, Bed-Bug and Bug-Spray. \u201cWe just wanted a challenging game,\u201d Piscitelli said. \u201cEverybody likes apps.\u201d Chain Link players can work on several puzzles within a 20-minute lunch break, he said. \u2018A lot of fun\u2019 In their quest to create the game, \u201cwe started working two nights a week together,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cIt\u2019s been a lot of fun. Jordan did most of the programming. I did most of the puzzles.\u201d Users can download Chain Link at no cost at the Apple App Store, searching for Word Games and Chain Link. Customers get the first set of puzzles free and then pay to purchase more. \u201cWe\u2019ve had 5,000 downloads,\u201d Piscitelli said last week. \u201cWe\u2019ve made some money. We\u2019re hoping the numbers slowly go up.\u201d \u201cWe hope to get more and more downloads and more and more people playing it,\u201d Johnson said. A natural progression Creating the Chain Link app seemed a sensible step to Piscitelli, who, as a consultant, makes apps for a company in Rocky Hill. \u201cI make apps at work,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s kind of natural to do this. I have an iPhone. I wanted to make something for myself.\u201d Creating games is something he\u2019s done for a while. For a senior project at the University of Connecticut, where he majored in computer science, he and three other students created an iPhone game. His computer experience also includes a summer job in Shelton at S & P Visions, a producer of software for schools. Piscitelli has a background in the programming languages Objective C and C#, and the Chain Link app was written using Xcode, a software development tool, and the iOS SDK, an Apple software development kit. Logic and math Computer programming involves the skills of problem-solving and \u201ca lot of logic,\u201d Piscitelli said. \u201cMath certainly helps,\u201d especially trigonometry, he said. He and Johnson are developing more apps, which probably won\u2019t be word games. \u201cWe have some ideas for more games,\u201d Johnson said. For Piscitelli, the future is clear. \u201cI see myself making as many apps as I can,\u201d he said. For more information on Chain Link, visit www.itunes.apple.com or www.pocketpests.com.