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Very cool. Good to see OpenVMS is still alive and kicking that also on AlphaServer. It is the best command line operating system I ever used. Never liked unix variants after that. Commands are so intuitive copy is copy not cp. File versioning is the best. I never had to worry about saving versions of my Fortran code files.



I formed the opposite opinion. To form a pipeline on unix this is more natural to me:

cat somefile | somecommand

But in DCL on VMS:

PIPE cat somefile | somecommand

That's small beer compared to the way file paths are specified. It's been too long since i last used a VMS cluster so i can't remember the syntax off hand, but it's pretty clunky.


Hacker news is very unix focused. This is convenient, but I'd love to see some more blog posts about what's made platforms like VMS or mainframe platforms awesome to work with. (where do these crowds hang out?)


HP OpenVMS site http://h71000.www7.hp.com maybe the starting point to further explore it. Also, they have a hobbyist license available for free. I haven't been involved with VMS since 2000 so not sure where such people hang out.

I started my career as Fortran developer on OpenVMS for process control systems and process simulations in early 90s. OpenVMS was the choice platform for most mission critical/ life critical operations and for manufacturing process simulations then.

We ran a few pair of OpenVMS nodes in cluster to operate multimillion dollar petrochemical production facility. The share-everything clustering was cool. I don't think I have seen that since.

Actually OpenVMS helped me make transition from petrochemical to technology in 2000. A tech company was trying to find someone with prior experience in OpenVMS to support customers using their optical storage library management software on OpenVMS/Alpha. That's when I transitioned from controls to data storage.


VMS was awesome to work with. Highly interactive and intuitive. I still prefer *nix, but my time on VMS was reasonably pleasant.

Mainframe, not so much - imagine programming in a webform's text box where the endpoint might have gone away by the time you submit.




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