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Introduction to OpenVMS Programming?

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The Question is:

Dear Wizard:
	Coming from a Unix enviornment, I am used to a great deal
of information on Unix systems development from books and
online tutorials. When I switched to OpenVMS, I find myself
able to do platform independent things fine, but I am unable to
become proficient with the OpenVMS tied things. If this was
Unix, I would just go out and buy an O'Reilly book, but it is
not. What's a few good books I could read to get started with
VMS programming in C, Pascal, BASIC? I don't want to have to
wait for "OpenVMS for dummies".
	Thanks a bunch

The Answer is :

  Any special relationship between a language and OpenVMS itself is
  covered in the documentation for that language -- because of the
  OpenVMS calling standard, various languages all interoperate with
  each other and with OpenVMS using the same basic constructs and
  concepts.  Mixed-language programming is quite common on OpenVMS.
  Language-independent programming concepts are covered in the OpenVMS
  Documentation in great detail; please see the OpenVMS Programming
  Concepts manual as a starting point.  From that point, manuals covering
  the calling standard and modular programming will be of some interest,
  and the manuals on topic areas (RMS, device drivers, the reference
  material covering the many run-time libraries and OpenVMS system
  services) will be of interest, as will be some of the various topics
  present in the OpenVMS FAQ.
  The commercial market for OpenVMS books tends to center around rather
  more esoteric or task-specific subjects, such as the "Internals and
  Data Structures" and "VMS File System Internals" books -- relevent
  bibliographic information is included in the OpenVMS FAQ.
  Also of interest are available training OpenVMS courses and technical
  resource kits (TRKs).  The OpenVMS FAQ contains pointers to information
  on available training courses and materials, as well as pointers to
  various OpenVMS-related tutorials.

answer written or last revised on ( 21-JUN-2000 )

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