by Robert Fourer, David M. Gay, and Brian W. Kernighan
Duxbury Press / Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 2002
Second edition now available
517 + xxi pp., ISBN 0-534-38809-4, $53.95
The first edition of the AMPL book passed through a
series of publishers:|
Copies of the fourth printing ran out sometime in the summer of 1997, and a fifth printing was ordered, to arrive at the end of October 1997. After a series of miscues that need not be detailed here, the AMPL book was again available sometime in February 1998. All backorders from the previous months were cleared out, as far as we know.
There were additional printings in 1998-1999. In 1999 the publisher's corporate parent changed its name to Thomson Learning.
An eighth printing with updated software on CD became available in early 2000. This update was accompanied by a change in the book's ISBN, from 0-534-50983-5 to 0-534-37895-1, but the old ISBN is still in the databases of online booksellers. Previous purchasers of the book were invited to upgrade to the new software at no charge.
In contrast to previous publishers, Duxbury has not sold the AMPL software (aside from the Student Edition that was bundled with the book). A full line of AMPL software products is available from several optimization software vendors.
A thoroughly revised and expanded second edition of the AMPL Book was released in November 2002. Its price was reduced to approximately the original price of the first edition -- about half of what Duxbury had been asking for first-edition copies a few months earlier.
The second edition adds coverage of AMPL features introduced over the past 10 years, whose descriptions were previously only available in rough form on the AMPL web site. New chapters cover database access, modeling commands, display commands, command scripts, interactions with solvers, and complementarity problems. Existing chapters are also extensively revised, and an updated reference manual is provided as an appendix.
Up-to-date AMPL Student Edition software continues to be available for downloading, but will no longer be supplied on CD with the book. This change simplifies the publication process and insures that readers obtain the latest versions of AMPL and solvers. The AMPL Plus Student Edition software that accompanied the book is no longer available, however, and licenses of all copies of AMPL Plus expired at the end of 2002. Previous users of the AMPL Plus Student Edition need to download the standard (command-line) version or one of the experimental GUI versions.
The AMPL book has been shipping within 2-3 days (when not "on order" or out of stock) from our Optimization Bookstore through Amazon.com. Amazon.com's shipping times for the second edition may be longer, however, while its inventory system adjusts to this new item.
The AMPL book is also available from the publisher at 10% off plus shipping and tax.
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