Windows Programming

  • From: "Dennis Brown" <DennisTBrown@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "ProgrammingBlind" <ProgrammingBlind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2008 09:49:31 -0400

I got a call from a rehab agency yesterday.  They have a former programmer that 
worked totally in MS DOS, using Turbo C, then was shot in the face in a bar 
fight about 15 years ago.
He lost his eyesight, but gave up programming for the entire 15 years, and now 
wants to get back into it.
He doesn't know squat about Windows development, dll, threads, messages, and 
such, but does have a grasp on event-driven operating systems.
They asked if I could recommend a blind programmer's starter kit for Windows 
development, including a basic tutorial on developing Windows-based 
application, from a novice viewpoint.
Anyone know any accessible textbooks that give the basics of programming 
applications under the Windows operating system?  They want something that 
gives the basics on blls files, threads, messages, events, etc.
Would Safari, or Bookshare have some text along these lines?
Obviously, he already has the C language down, but not C plus plus, or Visual 
Studio, or Visual Basic.
Any online sites that would explain the fundamentals of Windows development to 
this pair?

Dennis Brown

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