Eric Knapp 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 languages 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.
Eric and Kevin will share their experience of identifying 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 and Core Audio in Swift, designing a gesture-based UX for blind musicians, and understanding the problems and capabilities of a disabled community. It will also touch on sighted and blind developers and musicians figuring out how to work together in a visual world. The effect of the iPhone on the blind community and the important role of iOS developers will be explored. There might even be a little live music during the talk.