Sean,
I read it and found quite useful.
As I wrote in previous emails, it is  a necessity having such a user manual
for  zero beginners like me.
The demos are great but they do not provide a solution to a simulation
problem.
The subjects/classes/method/etc just pop up in the demos and learning all of
them without a systematical way is not easy!.

The way you explain in the document is a good direction.
The second chapter should focus on each topic presented in this version in a
more detailed look.
The example is enough elaborated to show the power of MASON.
You can stick to that example to further discovery of the MASON secrets:)

Plus, assume that the reader is not fully familiar with Java as well.
Thus, feel free to give some advices on using Java in the side bar.

I think you are doing a good job.
Thank you.
murat





On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:24 PM, Sean Luke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I'm working on a MASON manual which will detail more or less every feature
> of the system at present.  Unlike the ECJ manual, which is just that, I'd
> also like to have one or two tutorials and a bit of discussion about
> agent-based simulation.  Anyway, I've put out the first chapter and a
> running (far from final) title.  The first chapter is a tutorial largely
> cribbed from the WCSS 2008 tutorial.  Thought you might be interested.
>
>        http://cs.gmu.edu/~sean/temp/mason.pdf