Under construction !
Just one word for now. Working with the Java and VRML (both the internal and external) authoring interface can be quite an ugly experience right now. It somewhat contradicts all Java propaganda you may have heard from SUN about portability. Depending on what software roams in the inside of your Win95 it may take several few hours to get you going. For some stuff you'll need days.
If you know some french check out /guides/vrml/java/vrml_top.html produced by Sylvere. It may help you going, e.g. tells you how to deal with autoexec.bat and various incompatible Java/VRML libraries.
Else, please check out the Tutorials Section of our VRML Pointers Index. We do collect pointers to all help we find on the Net.
In any case it is
probably best not do deal with locally run Java Applets.
Put your stuff on a WWW Server. If you don't want people
to look at it, just protect it. On most Unix servers you
only need to copy an
.htaccess file to your directory,
i.e. just grab one from another directory.
Learning JAVA is a tough thing if you never did any kind of ``real'' programming.
Java is an object-oriented programming language that is difficult to learn. To our students (who usually never did any real programming) I recommend to study [Bishop, 1997]. This book also teaches about programming (you need to go through about half of the book before starting to play with VRML classes).
If you know some programming, you can ``learn by example'' (as I am doing it), but you ought to have at least 1-2 Java Tutorial books at hand if you never did any C or C++ programming. I was and am suffering from the following problems:
public void init( )starts defining a method that returns nothing you are catching on :)
So: Java is not Java, but a particilar version of Java which may or may run with your browser PLUS zillions of library classes that you will have to master.
You may consult our See our Java Page for some important pointers.