An Interview with Chris Brocious

An Interview with Christopher Brocious, Web / App Developer
Chris Brocious developed the “Autism Awareness Screening Test” application. It is available for download in the Apple Store. Mr. Brocious holds two Bachelor of Science degrees. One is in political science from the University of Arkansas – Little Rock (USA) and the other degree is in Spanish from La Autónoma de Guadalajara (Mexico).  To learn more about Chris, read his profile on LinkedIn at: or contact him at for your application / website design needs.
Why did you decide to become a app/web designer?
I have always been intrigued with the potential of learning certain programming languages. Of course, learning a new skill like web/app development might be an opportunity to open doors to a 21st century job market.
Why did you want to do this project pro bono?
I was looking to create a portfolio to show the world that I could offer these services - (web/mobile/app development). I stated on LinkedIn that I would do an app for anyone for free. Gerri Taylor reached out to me and I think it was a mutually benefiting relationship. I hate that I can’t dedicate as much time as I’d like to, but it’s been a very good experience. What Gerri is doing is focused strictly on an ethical endeavor to help others. I’m glad to be a part of it. 
It’s amazing that you built this app in your spare time, apart from your full-time job. How hard was it to code the app? 
I bought my Apple laptop in April of this year. It took me a couple of months to learn Swift. I think I had Gerri’s app up maybe 4-5 months after beginning to learn.
What was the Apple review process like?
The Apple review process is treacherous to say the least. Learning the process to submit an app for first-timers can be almost as difficult as learning the Swift/Objective C languages. It’s very extensive, time consuming, and a headache to get through since there isn’t a lot of material to instruct you on submitting an app.
What do you hope this app accomplishes? 
I only hope that Gerri is pleased with the app as it is a product constructed for her and her non-profit. Gerri knows what she’s doing in her field, so if she approves of the app, I’m perfectly content with that.
How did you feel when you saw that the app was being downloaded with no promotion or advertising?
I was actually pretty astonished on the amount of traffic it was receiving, not only the quantity but the fact that several different countries were downloading my app. How many people can say they have a product that is consumed (if that’s the right word) on an international basis? It was flattering to say the least.
Did you expect this kind of interest in the app?
Expectations…it’s tough to say. Being brand new you really don’t have anything to compare it to, minus of course traffic to websites. And this app has by far exceeded any traffic to any website that I’ve built.
Do you foresee a Google Play store version being developed?
I haven’t really looked into Google Play, nor know much about it. If it were something I had more time to devote [sic] I’m quite sure I would have already explored this with Gerri, but it’s just not in the proverbial cards right now. 
Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to learn to code?
Figure out your sources for learning. For me, most of my learning came from YouTube tutorials, and GitHub. Depending on what you want to learn, some of these sources are better than others.


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