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2  <chapter id="intro">
3  <title>
4    Introduction
5  </title>
6  <section>
7  <title>
8  Welcome to CLP!
9  </title>
10  <para>
11  The COIN  Linear Program code or CLP is an open-source simplex solver written
12  in C++.  It is primarily meant to be used as a callable library, but a
13  basic, stand-alone <link linkend="clpexe">executable</link> version is also
14  available.
15  </para>
16  <para>
17  There are a number of resources available to help new CLP users get started.
18  This document is designed to be used in conjunction with the files in the
19  Samples subdirectory of the main CLP directory (<filename>COIN/Clp/Samples</filename>).
20  The Samples illustrate how to use CLP and may also serve as useful starting points
21  for user projects.  In the rare event that either this document or the available
22  <link linkend="doxygen">Doxygen content</link> conflicts with the observed
23  behavior of the source code, the comments in the header files, found in
24  <filename>COIN/Clp/include</filename>, are the ultimate reference.
25  </para>
26  </section>
27  <section>
28  <title>
29  Prerequisites
30  </title>
31  <para>
32  CLP is written in C++, so it is expected that users of CLP will be writing
33  C++ programs which use CLP as a library.  Thus a working knowledge of
34  <ulink url="http://www.cplusplus.com/doc/tutorial/">C++</ulink>, including basic
35  object-oriented programming terminology is assumed in this document.  In
36  addition, the user should be familiar with the fundamental concepts of
37  <ulink url="http://carbon.cudenver.edu/~hgreenbe/courseware/LPshort/intro.html">
38  Linear Programming</ulink>.
39  </para>
40  </section>
41  </chapter>
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