Roland Hughes is the president of Logikal Solutions, a business applications
consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS platforms and Qt on Linux. Hughes
serves as a lead consultant with over two decades of experience using
computers and operating systems. With a degree in Computer
Information Systems, the author's experience is focused on systems across
a variety of diverse industries including heavy equipment manufacturing,
pharmaceuticals, stock exchanges, tax accounting, and hardware value-added
resellers, to name a few. Working throughout these industries has
strengthened the author's unique skill set and given him a broad
perspective on the role and value of technology in industry.This
book series is an effort to pass along some of his insights and skills to
the next generation.
An Interview With the Author
Why did you become an author?
I’ve always enjoyed solving IT problems. Writing books about problems
or techniques used in IT gives me another avenue to solve problems.
What kind of impact do you hope your
writing will have in general or on readers?
That OpenVMS will finally get the recognition it deserves. That
somewhere, someone just starting out in IT will find the information they
need to either have a rewarding career in IT, or choose a different career
while there is still time.
What is your greatest challenge as a
Finding topics of sufficient interest to write about. One must avoid
writing about anything the major publishing houses are writing about.
Those places crank out oatmeal for the masses. Sadly, there is at
most, one book on IT topics published each year worth buying, yet hundreds,
if not thousands, of titles are cranked out by the major publishing
houses. A major publishing house would have split a book like “The
Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer” into at
least 9 books, all of which so watered down they would be useless.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not
writing? What are your interests?
Writing is a hobby. My profession is software consulting on the
OpenVMS platform. When I’m not doing either of those I enjoy being
back on the family farm, restoring my house, and drilling water wells.