Re: Searching for blind programmer to start a school for blind programmers

Kerneels,

Ha, thanks. We have lots of new stuff we're adding in. I think the
audio feature I like the most is the new Sodbeans error conditions. In
Hop now (internally), if you throw an exception, Sodbeans will say
something akin to, "Dude, seriously, you threw a divide by zero error.
Press the back button and you'll hear why." Ok, so not exactly that,
but it tells you what happened and why in plain English. The new
auditory brace matchers are nice too. Oh, and we're getting much
better at using prosody, like pitch shifts and things, to represent
various aspects of the code. Oh, and we're slowly replacing all of the
default key combinations in NetBeans so that instead of saying what
key you pressed it says what NetBeans actually did, like copy
something to the clipboard or saving a file, or whatever. We're also
releasing our text-to-speech engine and Hop separately from Sodbeans
this release, we think, so that folks that want to try our
language/tools, whatever, don't have to actually use Sodbeans to do
it. Or, at least, that's the plan, if we can get it all done. And we
think that we may have Hop outputting Java Jar files by the 2.5 or 3.0
release, so that folks can build libraries in Hop directly and then
load them into other apps or whatever they want to do with it,
including full screen reader support and all that.

So, I don't know, maybe I'm silly, but I'm really excited about the
direction things are going in. There's a long way to go, but we're
making progress.

Stefik

On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM, Ken Perry <whistler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Ha I don't know I have heard some of the best coders and their interviews
> scare me.  Voices a mother or a vampire would love and all.
>
> Ken
>
>
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> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jamal Mazrui
> Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 8:05 PM
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: Homme, James
> Subject: Re: Searching for blind programmer to start a school for blind
> programmers
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> With respect to blind programmer stories, I suggest that podcasts of
> audio interviews, e.g., recorded via phone or Skype, would generally
> work better than expecting people to submit written, biographical
> essays.  I think more submissions would be obtained via interviews.
> Also, the audience could get a better sense of the interviewee by
> hearing the speech of the person.
>
> Jamal
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