The Question is:
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.