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
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
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.