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The AWK Programming Language (1988)

by Alfred V. Aho, Brian W. Kernighan (Author), Peter J. Weinberger (Author)

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Weinberger in 1977, AWK is a pattern-matching language for writing short programs to perform common data-manipulation tasks. In 1985, a new version of the language was developed, incorporating additional features such as multiple input files, dynamic regular expressions, and user-defined functions. This new version is available for both Unix and MS-DOS. This is the first book on AWK. It begins with a tutorial that shows how easy AWK is to use. The tutorial is followed by a comprehensive manual for the new version of AWK. Subsequent chapters illustrate the language by a range of useful applications, such as: Retrieving, transforming, reducing, and validating data Managing small, personal databases Text processing Little languages Experimenting with algorithms The examples illustrates the books three themes: showing how to use AWK well, demonstrating AWKs versatility, and explaining how common computing operations are done. In addition, the book contains two appendixes: summary of the language, and answers to selected exercises.… (more)
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Before Perl there was AWK and this book was great. Now we have Perl.... ( )
  alecclews | Jun 18, 2008 |
Although I bought this years ago, I didn't actually learn AWK until after I'd learned Perl (by which time, of course, I didn't really need AWK anymore.) So I'm really rating not the book (which is well written) but the ideas in AWK, which are so much a key part of Perl. ( )
  nillacat | Oct 11, 2006 |
This thin little paperback book cost me $45! But with it, I was able to work some minor miracles with AWK that saved my company thousands of dollars. If you have to do lots of searching or manipulation on text files, AWK is the way to go, and this book will make it happen. The best guide to AWK, bar none. ( )
  airship | Jul 7, 2006 |
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Weinberger in 1977, AWK is a pattern-matching language for writing short programs to perform common data-manipulation tasks. In 1985, a new version of the language was developed, incorporating additional features such as multiple input files, dynamic regular expressions, and user-defined functions. This new version is available for both Unix and MS-DOS. This is the first book on AWK. It begins with a tutorial that shows how easy AWK is to use. The tutorial is followed by a comprehensive manual for the new version of AWK. Subsequent chapters illustrate the language by a range of useful applications, such as: Retrieving, transforming, reducing, and validating data Managing small, personal databases Text processing Little languages Experimenting with algorithms The examples illustrates the books three themes: showing how to use AWK well, demonstrating AWKs versatility, and explaining how common computing operations are done. In addition, the book contains two appendixes: summary of the language, and answers to selected exercises.

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