FW: New VMS position in California!!! (fwd)
Fodor Zsuzsa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Üdv: Fodor Zsuzsa
From: Daniel LeBlanc [mailto:Daniel.LeBlanc@igate.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:08 PM
To: Skonetski, Susan
Subject: New VMS position in California!!!
New VMS Position open
I was astonished to find a new VMS Requirement in my inbox this
morning. The other position that I was working on in California has
been temporarily put on hold. This is a brand new one from a different
company. Hopefully I can place a few of your contacts in there. I am
going to get in touch with the same people that approached me for the
last one. This new one also has a more attracting rate compared to
the other, so I am assuming that I won't run into the same
Also feel free to delete the technical definitions part of this description
It mentions other companies that are not as grand as Hewlett
Packard...J We wouldn't want to advertise for them now would we?....
Job Title: VAX Systems Analyst - level 3/4
Duration: 6 months - 6 months possible extensions
Location: Woodland Hills, CA. 92008
Consultant pay rate: (W-2 $45 to $55 an hour), (1099 $50 to $60 an
hour), (Salaried 95k to 105k)
Number of positions: 4
Interview policy: They will do a phone screen within 24 hours notice.
They will hire over the phone after one interview.
We are requesting 4 VAX Basic consultants to augment their
development team. The candidates should be seasoned developers
with the ability to work independently within a team environment. They
must possess astute judgment, and be able to ask for assistance when
required. The candidate should be able to follow set protocol and
structured methodologies. They must also have excellent written and
verbal communication skills.
Required: VAX / Alpha, Open VMS, BASIC, RMS, DCL
Preferred: COBOL, BASIC-PLUS-2 product for the 16-bit PDP-11, RBD
Operating systems: VMS
Company Objective: Maintain their legacy systems.
Ř VAX BASIC was an extended dialect of BASIC which was
developed by Digital Equipment Corporation (a.k.a. DEC) for use on its
VMS operating system for the VAX series of 32-bit minicomputers in the
Ř VAX BASIC used the standard VMS calling standards so object
code produced by this language system could be linked with object
code produced by any of the other VMS languages. Many of the control
structures used in other high-level languages existed in VAX BASIC,
including WHILE and UNTIL, and the language also supported the use
of modifiers on a line to control execution such as
Ř PRINT I UNLESS I < 10
Ř VAX BASIC is upwards-compatible from DEC's earlier BASIC Plus 2.
It later morphed into DEC BASIC for use on their 64-bit Alpha
minicomputers in the 1990s.
Ř Due to the merger mania of 1997-2002, it was rebranded as
Compaq BASIC for OpenVMS VAX then rebranded again as HP BASIC for
OpenVMS VAX. See HP BASIC for OpenVMS for more details.
Ř HP BASIC for OpenVMS is a commercial strength BASIC with many
FORTRAN extensions including matrix operators. One of its biggest
features is built-in support for OpenVMS's Record Management Services
(RMS) allowing direct manipulation of sequential, relative, and indexed
(up to 255 keys) files. Previously you would only get native RMS
support in their COBOL compiler. Like most other modern BASICs, line
numbers are optional unless the "ERL" function is present. Another
practical feature is the ability to write error handlers near protected
statements over and above the less elegant "ON ERROR" statement.
(see the WHEN ERROR blocks in the example program below)
Ř Versions and product names
Ř HP BASIC has gone through many name changes, from being
ported to several new platforms and due to the merger-mania of 1997-
Ř Using their BASIC-PLUS-2 product for the 16-bit PDP-11
minicomputer as a starting point, "VAX BASIC" was developed by Digital
Equipment Corporation (DEC) for their 32-bit VAX platform running the
VMS operating system.
Ř When DEC invented their 64-bit Alpha microprocessor, VMS was
ported to it and renamed OpenVMS. VAX BASIC was ported to Alpha
and named DEC BASIC. The BASIC interpreter was permanently
dropped in the 64-bit product line, which means that DEC BASIC
programs could only be run as OpenVMS executables produced by a
compile followed by a link.
Ř When DEC was purchased by Compaq in 1997/98, the products
were renamed "Compaq BASIC for OpenVMS VAX" and "Compaq BASIC
for OpenVMS Alpha".
Ř When Compaq merged with Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 2001/02, the
products were renamed "HP BASIC for OpenVMS VAX" and "HP BASIC
for OpenVMS Alpha". Since the Compaq division of HP has decided to
build new server platforms based upon Intel's 64-bit Itanium chip, we
can only assume that we'll eventually see an "HP BASIC for OpenVMS
Ř VAX is a 32-bit computing architecture that supports an
orthogonal instruction set (machine language) and virtual addressing
(i.e. demand paged virtual memory). It was developed in the mid-1970s
by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). DEC was later purchased by
Compaq, which in turn was purchased by Hewlett-Packard. The VAX
has been perceived as the quintessential CISC processing architecture,
with its very large number of addressing modes and machine
instructions, including instructions for such complex operations as
queue insertion/deletion and polynomial evaluation.
Ř OpenVMS (Virtual Memory System) operating system (OS) is a
multi-user, multiprocessing OS that was designed by Digital Equipment
Corporation of Maynard, Massachusetts (subsequently owned by
Compaq and now owned by Hewlett-Packard) for use in time sharing,
batch processing, and transaction processing. In the beginning
commonly referred to as just VMS, it originally ran on VAX systems, and
was later ported to the DEC Alpha and Intel Itanium.
Ř DCL is the standard Command line interface (CLI) adopted by
most of the operating systems that were sold by the former Digital
Equipment Corporation (which has since been acquired by Hewlett-
Packard). It had its roots in the IAS and RSTS/11 operating systems,
but took its most powerful form in the OpenVMS operating system. It
was implemented as a standard across most of Digital's operating
systems, notably RSX-11. A scripting language that was written when
the Fortran programming language was in heavy use, it supports
several datatypes, including strings, integers, bit arrays, arrays and
Booleans, but not floating point numbers. Access to OpenVMS system
services (kernel API) is through lexical functions, which perform the
same as their compiled language counterparts and allow scripts to get
information on system state. DCL includes IF-THEN-ELSE, access to all
the RMS file types including stream, indexed, and sequential, but
unfortunately lacks a DO-WHILE or other looping construct, requiring
users to make do with IF and GOTO-label instead. For the OpenVMS
implementation, the command line parser is a runtime library (CLI$)
that can be compiled into user applications and therefore gives a
consistent command line interface for both operating system supplied
commands and user written commands. The command line must start
with a verb and is then followed by arguments and/or position
independent qualifiers (switches in UNIX terminology), which can occur
anywhere on the command line, or position dependent qualifiers which
affect the parameter they appear after. Most qualifiers are position
independent; that is, they can appear anywhere in the command line.
Only the first most significant part of the verb and qualifier name is
required. An example operating system command may look like:
Ř Record Management Services (abbreviated RMS) are procedures
in the VMS operating system that programs call to process files and
records within files. RMS allows programs to issue GET and PUT
requests at the record level (record I/O) as well as read and write
blocks (block I/O). VMS RMS is an integral part of the system software;
its procedures run in executive mode.
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