The goal of this chapter is just enough Java to understand how to write a simple program. Youve also gotten an overview of the language and some of its basic ideas. However, the examples so far have all been of the form do this, then do that, then do something else. What if you want the program to make choices, such as if the result of doing this is red, do that; if not, then do something else? The support in Java for this fundamental programming activity will be covered in the next chapter.