Hello World! It has been 74 days since I bought my 1st iPhone, the iPhone 6S+, new from an Apple authorized reseller, locally here in the Philippines, and I have begun software development without any assistance from Apple’s accessibility team nor their support staff. I am totally blind, but with the brain of a computer scientist!
For the record, my iPhone 6S+ is running iOS 12.3.1. It is paired & connected to my LogicTech Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard. And I’m using VoiceOver since the 5 minutes before making the purchase with my sighted wife.
As of this writing, my iPhone is now prepped for my self-learning of Swift & VisualBASIC programming languages! Also, I’m now relearning how to program in ANSI C & BASIC without vision.
My original intent for buying the iPhone is to learn the Swift programming language, as a compiler does not exist in the Google Android ecosystem. However, possibly due to my old age of 49, I feel Swift is too hard for me to learn.
After almost a month after downloading the online Swift compiler, I discovered the online C/C++ compiler from the same developer. Prior to my blindness, I have 28 years of C programming! — As of this writing, this developer made a toggle option for auto-indent & auto-bracket, for using Bluetooth keyboard, aiding in rapid writing of code.
Since my blindness is hindering my Computer Science skills, I decided to trick my brain by locating a suitable BASIC interpreter! September 1982 was the month & year I wrote my “Hello World” program in BASIC, on the Commodore VIC-20, display unit at a Seattle-based K-Mart retail department store.
And then, I decided to download the online VisualBASIC compiler from the same developer of the online Swift & C/C++ compilers I already installed. Why VisualBASIC? Because my sighted wife used to know it and I believe I can learn it since I’m using to BASIC, though the keywords are different.
So, I wrote & compiled my 1st “Hello World” programs in Swift 20 days ago, C 13 days ago, and BASIC 5 hours ago, all on my iPhone! Though coding “Hello World” is a simple task, if I was NOT blind, I would be making masterpieces in every programming language I know!
The fact I can write a “Hello World” program without any vision only means, my iPhone has officially rekindled my Computer Science Life!
Prior to writing this post, I wasted my money on an offline C compiler that is NOT compatible with VoiceOver! That is my 1st lemon from the Apple App Store!
When Apple Education’s iTunesU touts the benefits of the Swift programming language, I remember accomplishing similar tasks with C prior to my vision-loss!
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