Why did you decide to write The Minimum You Need to
Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer?
Quite honestly, I wrote this book in order to educate
enough of the market so I could write the book I really
wanted to write. If I wrote the book I really wanted to
write and put it out now, there would be about 15 people
in the world capable of reading it. Before I could write
that book, I had to solve a problem.
There aren’t currently any pimply faced kids entering the
OpenVMS market. While some of the college students are
bright enough, they simply don’t have the opportunity to
learn on the best platform ever invented by man. I’m
currently 42. When I enter a client site, I’m “one of the
young guys”. In order to write the book I really wanted to
write, I had to solve that problem first. Writing this
book was a year long effort, but if it is read and used,
it should solve that problem.
What attracted you to the topic addressed in your
This is the greatest operating system ever created by man.
I have worked on many platforms throughout my career. None
have even come remotely close to the power and stability
of OpenVMS. Writing this book was a way of saying thank
How did your own viewpoints evolve from the time you
started the book to the time it was complete? What did
you discover through the process of writing this book?
My viewpoints were dramatically re-enforced writing this
book. The one thing I came away with was knowing that 800
pages simply weren’t enough to say everything I wanted to
say, but printing a book of 1200 pages wasn’t feasible at
When talking to people who read your book, what are
the one or two reader comments that stick out most in
There have been many comments which I have liked. Probably
the best was the one posted by a college student on the
Barnes & Noble Web site:
This is a truly astonishing work and a MUST for
everybody who is starting with application developing,
be it on VMS or not (I can not tell for others as I am
starting myself). It is not a book where you will find
many theories about abstract topics but one displaying
everything you need to know by means of examples,
explaining each example's important parts in-depth. You
really feel the experience of the author throughout the
text! This is a book I'd try to take with me if my house
was burning down.