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1.5 Additional documentation

The main Ptolemy documentation, called The Almagest, is divided into three volumes. It is available on-line at The first volume is a user's manual. It is sufficient for users who do not plan to extend the system by adding code. It includes brief documentation of the most commonly used domains, and brief summaries of stars, galaxies, and demonstration programs that are distributed with the system.

The second volume is a programmer's manual. It includes chapters on writing new stars, writing targets, defining customized user interfaces by writing new Tcl/Tk code, and defining new domains.

The third volume is the kernel manual. It details every C++ class defined in the Ptolemy kernel. It also gives full documentation for the classes supporting code generation. These classes provide the utilities used to build application-specific environments.

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