This session is from NSScotland 2014. Tickets are currently available for the 2015 conference at ti.to/nsscotland/2015
Eric will share his experience of finding a need in the blind community and trying to help. It has been an adventure of learning and communication in areas where there is a serious lack of documentation. The talk will focus on some of the difficult parts of this journey into uncharted territories. Some of these include Core MIDI in Swift, SoundFonts in iOS, and designing a gesture-based UX for blind musicians. It will also touch on working with blind developers and musicians in a visual world.
Eric is a faculty member at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. He teaches iOS development with a little Java on the side. Before venturing into the world of programming, he had careers as a high school teacher and a cabinetmaker. Eric has learned and forgotten a lot of programming langages in his long career. He has fond memories of most of them, including COBOL, which paid for his first Mac in 1986. The journey from COBOL to Swift has been welcome and rewarding. Previously a professional musician, he is now an avid amateur playing the Chapman Stick. Audio and MIDI programming for iOS brought many of his lifelong interests together into one small package.