The Application Developer’s Guide makes very few assumptions about your level of knowledge about object-oriented programming, but does assume you have a basic knowledge of computer programming in some environment. The description of VisualWorks begins at an elementary level, with an overview of the system tools and facilities, and a description of Smalltalk syntax, but does not attempt to be a tutorial. For readers with a good understanding of object-oriented programming principles and practice, the document serves as an orientation to specific terminology used in Smalltalk and the specific environment provided by VisualWorks.
For additional help, a large number of books and tutorials are available from commercial book sellers and on the world-wide web. In addition, Cincom and some of its partners provide VisualWorks training classes. See “Additional Sources of Information” for a listing of some of these resources.