21.1. Introduction

Welcome to what may be the largest revolution in the history of the computer industry. Those who entered the field decades ago were interested in using computers primarily to perform arithmetic calculations at high speed. As the computer field evolved, we began to realize that the data-manipulation capabilities of computers are equally important. The “sizzle” of Java is multimedia—the use of sound, images, graphics and video to make applications “come alive.” Although most multimedia in Java applications is two-dimensional, Java programmers already can use the Java 3D API to create substantial 3D graphics applications (Sun provides an online tutorial for the Java 3D API at java.sun.com/developer/onlineTraining/java3d).

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