RE: Visual Studio 2003

  • From: Alex Parks <mehgcap@xxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 21:00:14 -0400

I find java easier than c++, but am not sure what is accessible as far as IDEs go; I use a command line compiler to compile and run my apps, if you can even call them apps as they are still very simple little things. Java is more intuitive and, in my mind, easier to manage. Setting up this command line compiler requires you to put in a system variable, or whatever they are called, so this might not be too good for an online course, but java and a good ide would be easier to work with than c++. If you need a c++ compiler I recommend the Devc++ from It is kind of hard to get to the errors, but it is overall pretty nice.

Have a great day,

----- Original Message -----
From: dusty bray <dusty_bray@xxxxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date sent: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 20:50:09 -0400
Subject: RE: Visual Studio 2003

Yeah, thanks to John's search engine, i found your add ins,
Inthane. i tried the VS 2003 for Jaws 6 add in, which immediately solved the code editor problem. However, my brother still found the IDE very frustrating.

Visual Studio is just so complex. As it is, there are a million
different ways of accomplishing the exact same tasks in VS; it's difficult for me to figure out the keyboard equivalents for doing things the way i know to do them. i finally just opened up Dev C++ and everything went smoothly. smile

So, this prompts me to ask another question which i probably
should have asked from the beginning: what language and IDE would you all recommend for beginning blind programmers? i ask this not just to help my brother, but because i am hoping to assist my university in starting up a programming course specifically for the blind.

While i was at Kennesaw State University, a professor asked the
SNF for a grand to start a course for teaching blind students VB.NET. i thought this was an excellent endeavor, but she was refused the grand. She could only find a few blind students in the area that were even semi-interested, and the cost of equipment would have been phenomenal. i suggested making it an online course for people who already have their own machines with JAWS, and then there wouldn't be any equipment or transportation costs. She said that the dean would definitely support my plan. So now, the only major hurdle is identifying good introductory material that would give blind students a little exposure to programming.

i want to find something that will work smoothly with JAWS and,
at the time, provide skills that might be useful in industry. Any thoughts?



From: inthaneelf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Visual Studio 2003
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 16:06:00 -0700

there are sets of "add ins" for the VS 2003 version at my
grab bag sight, but there only for jaws 5 and 6 I do believe,
using VS 2005 with
the scripts for it available on the grab bag would be better in
some ways.

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 ----- Original Message -----
 To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

 Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2007 2:09
 Subject: Re: Visual Studio 2003

 not too certain about this, but I do know for a fact
there are Jaws scripts for Visual Studio 6 and Visual Studio
Whether or not either of those script sets will work for 2003 I
am not
sure. And at the risk of sounding like an advertisement, you
may also
want to try my website Blind Crawler and see what the search
engine comes up
JohnPG search for all of your Jaws scripts at
be sure to check out Blind Crawler's Legend of the Green Dragon
server at
 will be more to come from Blind Crawler very soon.
Administrator: John

   ----- Original Message -----
   To: ProgrammingBlind@freelistsorg

   Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2007 3:59
   Subject: Visual Studio 2003

Hey everyone,

i know you guys will be able to give me
the best advice about this. (i almost started on a wild
goose chase
   for JAWS scripts, but thought better of it.)

i just installed Visual
Studio 2003 on my brother's computer so that i can introduce
him to
VB.NET. i'm really surprised that JAWS behaves very well for
controls and adding them to the form, but performs very badly
else. In the code window, it just keeps reading the path of
the file
instead of the text at the cursor. In the properties window,
it reads
the value repeatedly (i guess because it's actually
refreshing, though i
   can't tell visually).

How do you guys get around this problems?
Does anyone here use this version of Visual Studio, or should
we be using
   something more accessible?

Thanks so much for the


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