The documentation files
After installation the experienced reader may try to start working with
SYMMETRICA by opening a file
test.c file (if it is not already there)
in order to see how he can use
this program system, and by considering from time to time examples
ex*.c together with the documentation
files. The documentation is contained in the files
that end with
.doc, and they contain
short descriptions of the available functions.
It will be best to start reading
where some of the general principles are described which are concerned with
object oriented programming in SYMMETRICA and also with the changes made
in SYMMETRICA recently.
The next important documentation files
are the ones devoted to the objects used,
most of this documentation is also contained in the present manual, in
particular the chapter on objects is of importance.
There it is described how an object is defined and how it can be used.
The available objects like
INTEGER, PARTITION, PERMUTATION, VECTOR, MATRIX, POLYNOM, and so on,
are introduced. A shorter but possibly more complete description is
contained in the documentation files
integer.doc, part.doc, perm.doc, vector.doc, matrix.doc, poly.doc,\ldots
where also the appropriate functions are mentioned.
There are further documentations files which are devoted to functions that
can be applied to several kinds of objects, and which therefore are of
particular importance. They are listed in
nu.doc, io.doc, debug.doc,\ldots
(abbreviations for ''numerical, input-output, debugging``)
contains a list of all available functions.
last changed: November 19, 2001