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AWK is an elegant pattern scanning and processing language that was an important inspiration for later languages. It is well-suited for small projects involving text processing or formatting, and has some useful features for small database applications. Its features for pattern description are derived from those of the grep family of standard Unix tools. Awk is one of the early tools to appear in Version 3 UNIX and gained popularity as a way to add computational features to a UNIX pipeline. Unfortunately it was never fully integrated into shell and that created a lot of problems with using Unix programming environment that otherwise would be neatly solved.
This book contains the original description of Awk written by the authors. The clarity of description of concepts and tradeoffs make this book a classic. See also The AWK Programming Language
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