About this Manual
This document is intended as a quick introduction to the Java programming
language, particularly for people with a background in FORTRAN and
engineering. In it, we develop a Java program that solves for roots of
a function using Newton's method. You should learn from this the basics
of Java syntax and structure. Also, at the end of the example you will
find a reference section detailing everything learned from the examples
and more. However, even this just covers elementary topics. In
particular, we will not discuss in detail the object-oriented features
of Java, nor will we cover graphics and the Abstract Window Toolkit.
If you are interested in learning more about Java programming, there are
a couple of nice on-line sources. There is a good
online guide to writing Java programs which was the precursor
to the book
The Java Tutorial: Object-Oriented Programming for the Internet .
The hard core reference manual is the
Java API documentation where you can find explicit information
about all the classes comprising the core of Java. You should
stay away from this less than transparant document until you become quite
familiar with Java.
Your comments about this manual are welcomed by the author,
who is still writing this, would like to
hear your comments and suggestions.