Jonathan E. Sisk Biography and Bibliography
Jon entered the technology sector long before it was fashionable.
Starting in COBOL on IBM 360's at Virginia Commonwealth University, he went from there to IBM in California to learn RPG-II on the System 32, then formed his first company which provided software for the IBM 5110, the precursor to the PC (Model 5150).
Ultimately, the success of that endeavor lead him to a company that developed applications for the Medical Industry on the Microdata REALITY platform. He was immediately hired by the Medical Application company, quickly got up to speed on REALITY, and was soon after scouted by the maker of the platform.
His career took a big leap when he was invited to join to join the National Support Group of Microdata Corporation, whose product, Reality was the first commercial implementation of the Pick Operating System.
In his first endeavor as an independent he wrote the first commercial book, " The Reality Pocket Guide".
JES became the first independent training organization.
Adapting material from his training courses, Jon and co-author Steve VanArsdale were signed by Hayden Book Co. to write the first commercial Pick textbook to appear on retail shelves, "Exploring the Pick Operating System".
He followed that up with a solo effort and the first textbook dedicated to the Pick/BASIC programming language, "Pick/BASIC: A Programmer's Guide". This book is still available today as a free download.
Over the following decade, Jon was the Series Editor of " The Pick Library" for Tab Books, a division of McGraw-Hill.
A prolific writer, Jon's articles and columns appeared in many industry publications, including Byte Magazine, PickWorld, International Spectrum, Spectrum Tech Digest, RDBM Computing, IPUA Journal, Computing News & Review and Engineering Enterprise.
Dick Pick commissioned Jon to develop his most epic work, "Encyclopedia Pick (EPick)" an all-encompassing document that covered every single unique subject in the Pick database. He wrote and produced the towering, 1500 page document and as a by-product released it as an on-line Help system. Like an early Wiki, it provided hyperlinks to related topics, contained working examples, allowed collabarative contributions, and could be output directly to a printed encyclopedia with a single click, and all of this was years before the Web was invented.
From there Jon returned to JES and over the following years has been involved with a variety of technical sectors and startups, from Information Security to Fifth-generation application generators. He is co-developer and chief Editor for the first (and only) Multi-Value based Wiki.
JES is now conducting training with a modern spin on it, by offering online 1 on 1 training on a wide variety of topics all custom made for each client.
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- The REALITY Pocket Guide, First, Second, Third and Fourth Editions (JES Publishing)
- The Pick Pocket Guide, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Editions (JES Publishing.)
- Exploring the Pick Operating System, First and Second Editions (Hayden Books)
- PICK/BASIC: A Programmer's Guide, First and Second Editions (TAB/McGraw-Hill)
- The Pick Pocket Guide "Desk Reference" Edition, First and Second Editions (TAB/McGraw-Hill)
- The Ultimate Pocket Guide, First and Second Editions (JES Publishing)
- The CIES/Pick Pocket Guide (JES Publishing)
- Secrets of Peak Performers ( Howland Publishing)
- Microprocessor Operating Systems: Volume III (Microcomputer Applications Publishing)
- The Pertec Pick Pocket Guide (JES Publishing Co)
- Encyclopedia Pick (Advanced Pick Technical Manual) (Pick Systems/Raining Data/Tiger Logic)
- EPick, AP/D3 On-Line Help (Pick Systems/Raining Data/Tiger Logic)
The Pick Library
- Pick for the IBM PC and Compatibles, John & Dale Winters
- Pick For Professionals, Advanced Methods & Techniques, Harvey Rodstein
- The Pick Perspective, Ian J. Sandler
- Programming With IBM PC BASIC & The Pick Database System, David Clark
Edited by Jon Sisk
- Desktop Video Production Using The Commodore Amiga (Tab/McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.) (Produced but unpublished.)
- Using Prime Information, by William Winter (Produced but unpublished.)
- Everquest Companion: The Inside Lore of a Gameworld (McGraw-Hill/Osborne) 2003