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This chapter should be consulted in detail by anybody new to the MOO world. Others may have a quick glance at sections concerning just TECFAMOO. Conceptual ``MOO'' issues are addressed in The evolving TecfaMOO Book, Part I and in some of our publications

``MOO, the programming language, is a relatively small and simple object-oriented language designed to be easy to learn for most non-programmers; most complex systems still require some significant programming ability to accomplish, however.'' ([Curtis, 1993, 15,])

Conventions and style of this manual

*General Style:
At least the introductory sections are pretty informal and mostly example based.

words included in ``<.....>'' denote variables. E.g. if you see something like ``<name>'' in a command, you have to replace ``name'' by something else and DON'T type the ``<''.....``>'' !

*Literal Strings:
"...." have to be typed as double quotes. They delimit a string!

*Moo commands:
'....' Single quotes within text paragraphs are used to denote MOO commands. E.g. ``You should type 'look here' ...'' means enter ``look here'' from your keyboard.

*Moo objects
``<obj>'' refers to an object, e.g. #123 or $thing or <name> (something you can see in the room you are or that you carry)

This manual has been basically written for a general public. However it is heavily TECFAMOO biased. Sections dealing with TECFAMOO only will be labeled as such, like this:  

1.4.7 [TECFAMOO] Getting a user name

Daniel K. Schneider
Thu Apr 17 12:43:52 MET DST 1997