Jonathan E. Sisk Publisher: Tab Books Publication date: 1987 Binding: Hardcover Pagination: XVI, 300p. Edition 01 Book category Adult Non-Fiction ISBN 0830628452 Download PICK BASIC: A Programmer's Guide Original list price $36.95 Notes from Jonathan E. Sisk: This was the first textbook devoted entirely to the PICK/BASIC language. It provided a step-by-step approach to learning the language, and covered nearly every instruction in the many programs included in the book. It was modeled after the popular JES course on Pick/BASIC Programming. Contents: Pick terminology and concepts; The related TCL processes; Fundamental PICK/BASIC statements and instructions; The concept of loops; Calculation and the principle of precedence; String-handling intrinsic functions; Data conversion and print masking; Numeric data conversion and output routing; The CASE statement and controlling switches; Looping with the FOR-NEXT statement; Extending the FOR-NEXT construct; An introduction to file I/O; Manipulating dynamic arrays; A generalized data entry program; Formatting reports and passing PROC arguments; Using the EXECUTE statement; External subroutines; Additional PICK/BASIC concepts; Appendices; Glossary; Review quiz answers; Index.
Jonathan E. Sisk and Steve VanArsdale Publisher: Hayden Book Co. Published: 1985 ISBN: 9780810462861 Download Exploring the PICK Operating System Summary: Covers PICK Operating System, PICK/BASIC, ACCESS (Data Base Manager), the EDITOR, PROC (Stored Procedure Language), and TCL (Terminal Control Language) Notes: Includes index. Classification: Dewey Class: 5.43 -- Computer programming, programs, data LCC Number: QA76.76 Book Details: Language: eng Physical Description: 238 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. Comments from Jonathan E. Sisk: We connected with Hayden thanks to them running the company on a Pick System, and naturally, loved it. Hayden commissioned us to write the first definitive textbook on Pick, which appeared on retail shelves shortly later in hard-cover format. The book itself was modeled after the "Pick Fundamentals" course that JES offered at the time, and remained the only title on Pick available in retail outlets for the next several years.
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Covers PICK Operating System, PICK/BASIC, ACCESS (Data Base Manager), the EDITOR, PROC (Stored Procedure Language), and TCL (Terminal Control Language)
An introduction to the PICK system; Getting around in the PICK world; The user processes: TCL; The EDITOR: the window into the processes; ACCESS: the data retrieval process; PROC: the stored procedure language; PICK/BASIC: the programming language; Controlling peripherals; The logical computer; Putting the parts together: applications; Analysis and design for PICK-based systems; The future of the PICK system; Appendixes; Index.
On t.p. the registered trademark symbol "TM" is superscript following "PICK" in the title.
Classification: Dewey Class: 5.43 -- Computer programming, programs, data
LCC Number: QA76.76
Book Details: Language: eng Physical Description: 342p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Pagination: xxi, 342p.
Comments from Jonathan E. Sisk:
This was not just a new edition, but really a much-improved new book, with much more information on all topics. It still has the useful summary and comments on implementations and the very clear treatment of correlatives and conversions.
The second edition of this book was packaged in a paperback, perfect-bound format. The content was revised to reflect changes that had taken place in the code since the first edition, plus, it gave us the chance to tighten up the loose parts.
Jonathan E. Sisk ISBN 0-8306-3245-X Publisher: JES Publishing Co. for Pick Systems Published: 1982 Price: $50 Print run: 1000 Download The Pick Pocket Guide, 5th Edition, Desk Reference Comments from Jonathan E. Sisk: In early 1982, Dick Pick saw a copy of the Reality Pocket Guide I had written and published the previous year. He tasked Ken All, their PR guy at the time to contact me to see if I would produce a custom version for Pick & Associates. I estimated that it would take about six weeks to produce, since I only had to search and replace certain bits. But that was before I met the legendary "Harry Emerson", widely considered to be the principal architect of the system. Harry had a keen interest in ensuring the written word describing his efforts was accurate. He became my personal mentor on the depths and intricacies of the Pick System in a friendship still going strong in 2023. My six week estimate turned into six months of rewrites, long discussions with Harry who also wrote, among other things, the Print Spooler I was lucky to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the real heavyweights of the Pick industry at the height of their powers and the products' popularity. This edition was produced in a 5 by 7 inch loose-leaf binder, which we called the "hard cover" version. Each copy in the first edition had a serial number, which precipitated the first real application at Pick & Associates, to track the sales and owners of the copies. The database we began at that time became the basis of the now-legendary "entity" file that Dick Pick obsessed on for the remaining years of his life. It might be of interest that it was during the writing of this book, we came up with the name "ACCESS" for the retrieval language and "Pick/BASIC" for the programming language. Up to that point, Pick had called them "English" and "DATA/BASIC" as they were in the original REALITY implementation. It also precipitated another change at Pick, resulting in the renaming of the company from Pick and Associates to Pick Systems. This book spawned a cottage industry for me. It went through a half-dozen editions, and about a half-dozen of the early Pick Licensees wanted custom versions for their implementations, which I also wrote.
In this first edition, every topic was in alphabetical order, like an encyclopedia. There was a very good reason for this: Dick Pick wanted it that way.
When Dick commissioned me to write this, I knew it would be unpopular in this presentation format. That's why I built EPick, an (Pick) documentation database out of each discrete topic (2345 discrete topics, to be exact), which could then be sorted in any order for future editions.
This edition was by far the most comprehensive. In subsequent editions, much of the contents of the first edition was systematically removed, including such things as examples, "see also's", compatibility indexes and virtually all of the "white space". This resulted in a much more compact print format at the expense of containing less information.
In this edition, Dick Pick took a much more proactive role, resulting in a reduction in page count by nearly half (from 1440 to 746 pages).
This reduction was in part facilitated by reducing the point size by half to 6-point font, making it two columns (like a real encyclopedia), and removing a bunch of "unnecessary" stuff, like examples and cross-references to related subjects, plus, all that pesky "white space".
Pagination: xiv, 354p. Contents: The Pick database; File management; A closer look at PICK/BASIC; List processing; Process control; Access programming; Dictionary driven data entry; The virtual machine; Working in the virtual environment; Index.
Comments from Jonathan E. Sisk:
This was the first book for long-time Pick Guru Harvey Rodstein. Written for experienced programmers, topics include database organization, quick data query, process control without PROC, ACCESS correlatives, functional integration, system performance, role of fourth generation languages, and more.