Bill Donner’s Place

Bill Donner - software enthusiast, part time musician, grandfather.

I’m blogging now about an interesting offer that can help some of my neighbors learn to code (for FREE!), while I am preparing to help my own grandkids.

Learn SWIFT in Mt. Vernon, NY

I am offering my expertise in Swift Programming for FREE to anyone 12 years old or over who is interested in learning this programming language and lives in the Mount Vernon area (zip code 10552). I am prototyping a learning group for the Swift Curriculum from Apple and am prepared to get started this winter of 2019/20 with:

Everyone Can Code - 15 three-hour sessions - students need an iPad running ios12 or newer.

I can accommodate up to five people per class, which will be held in a local studio. If you are a minor, you should bring an adult or guardian, who can also learn to code (or not).

Please contact me via email ( if you’d like to participate. If you don’t live in 10522, hold tight for now…

I am also starting to maintain a list of relevant links about the Apple curriculum here

After this winter's course I will also set up another group to work on Intro to App Development with Swift - it is twice as long and needs a Mac laptop, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

More About Me

Software Stuff:

TL;DR Geeky

software therapist

I read your team's code. We discuss your system and software problems, pay only when happy.

software coach

I am doing some free-coaching in my own neighborhood with the new Apple Swift Curriculum. But you heard about that already! latest post: learn swift in mt vernon

pro-bono software developer for Selfish Software

And then there are the projects I write for myself and my friends:

Gig Browser

Musicians can organize their content for live performances with GigBrowser.

Tiny Gig Apps
Bifurgram Catalyst App

An IOS and Mac app that reads an Instagram photo stream and separates portrait and landscape (and square streams) for optimal viewing of each.

Comfyland Pixel Server

A SwiftNIO server to generate 1px "safe" advertising pixels for experimentation.

Cough Tracker

A WatchOS and IOS app with one-tap cough tracking for you (or your partner), with reminders to get flu shots.

Steak Dinner

An IOS Cooking App with many timers, in SwiftUI.

If you have an idea for building something I will enjoy as well, then I might help you.

open source

medcommmons ⁃ A mothballed Internet Radiology Cloud Service built on Amazon Aws, the source code in Java, JavaScript and PHP and is available on Github. github - MedCommons repo, plus IOS app for MedCommons, and Swift Code.

Music Matters:

My friends and I have been playing in a few bands at various parties, bars, and other functions in Westchester, NY and lower Connecticut. We always appreciate more work.

bands i play with

At age 50 my family gave me an electric piano and headphones. Nowadays I play keyboards with these guys PlanB and these guys AboutHalfDead. I also play with others who prefer to remain invisible.

I am pretty much the only one left in these two bands with any time to dink with our websites. They are a 15 year old work in progress.

Contact me at to book the PlanB and Abhd bands. PlanB Bronxville has a page on Facebook.


Family Matters:

My own Millennial kids never cared much for code, but my grandkids will have to. So I am getting ready…

I have recently been shooting a bunch of photos with my new iPhone 11. I am particularly focused on black and white wide angle photography and posting some images on Instagram. But I am pretty disappointed with the way these photos are presented so I am looking for something better. And I have an IOS app on the bucket list that presents these same photos from Instagam in a full screen viewer.

contact me

send an email to


Is this the Bill Donner you're looking for?
            This is William L. Donner
             Freeport, MIT, DEC, Chase,
             TMI, PBS, Reuters,
             Fenway, MedCommons.
            Accept no substitutes.

planB abhd github bio wkfl 21 dec 2019