Java3D Programming - Aimed at intermediate to experienced Java developers, previous experience in graphics programming would be useful. Takes you through the data stuctures, nodes and concepts used in Java3D with practical issues based on the authors experience of working on Java3D.
This is about designing the architecture of a 3D program and its interface, it assumes you already know Java and Java3D. So this is not a step-by-step programming book, its about the top level design, ie Patterns, techniques and framework for Java3D (code at http://sourceforge.net/projects/gumbo/).
This book introduces 3D concepts, VRML, Java3D, MPEG4/BIFS, and X3D. It is a very good introduction to the theory, The writers have an in depth knowledge due to their involvement in the standards making. This is a good book to help you choose which 3D open standards to use and to give you a good insight into these standards. It is probably not for those who want a basic introduction to 3D or for these who want a step-by-step programming in 3D book.