Why did you decide to write The Minimum You Need to Know About Java on OpenVMS, Volume 1?
After releasing “The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS
Application Developer” I received a lot of inquiries about Java. Since I was already in a
writing mode, and had a baseline application to use for the book, I decided to show developers just what
they would be facing when trying to replace an existing application which used FMS, RMS, and/or
RDB with a Java application.
What attracted you to the topic addressed in your book?
Nothing really. The book is a response to those in the industry
which had purchased “The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer.” Many of them asked for it
and since they are a vocal group which could one day be my client I responded.
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?
At first, I believed some of the hype around Java. By the time I completed the book it was obvious that Java is the most God forsaken language ever unleashed upon programmers. It is nearly
useless for business applications.
When talking to people who read your book, what are the one or two reader comments that stick out most in your mind? Discuss why the comments you identified resonate with you.
The comment which stands out most in my mind came from a Canadian buyer who used the information and examples in this book to kill a Java project at his
company before it became a massively expensive train wreck. I wrote this book so developers who were ordered to use, or choosing to use, Java for back end application development could make
that decision with their eyes wide open.