Awk is a very nice language with a very strange name. In this first article of a three-part series, start playing around with awk to see how it works and quickly get your awk programming skills up to speed. As the series progresses, more advanced topics will be covered, culminating with an advanced real-world awk application demo.
The Great Language with a Strange Name
Submitted by LinucksGirl 2008-07-15 General Development 5 Comments
What can I say… Impressive
How far we’ll go like this?
(g)awk is a practical, relatively straightforward text processing language. I use it several times a week for ad-hoc processing / reporting (I work on a data warehouse project).
Note that there is a free gawk book available online:
P.S. Nice little article from IBM, BTW.
Just out of curiosity, why are you posting this now, 8 years after it was put online? Did it show up in a recent feed or something (I notice that it said it was updated July 3, 2008, but I can’t imagine why — maybe some typo was fixed)?
Of course, it isn’t like awk has changed much in the last 8 years, I suppose And best of all, we don’t have to wait for the rest of the series, since it too was published 8 years ago:
And Daniel Robbins also wrote a series on sed, 9 years ago:
For a site with such an easily edited URL scheme, it sure does try to make it hard to find other articles in serieses or columns.