, a program that you can use to select particular records in a file and perform operations upon them.
A copy of the license is included in the section entitled “GNU Free Documentation License”. We were introduced in 1990 by circumstances—and our favorite programming language, AWK.
The circumstances started a couple of years earlier.
I was working at a new job and noticed an unplugged Unix computer sitting in the corner. However, a couple of days later, it was running, and I was and the one-and-only user. Weinberger’s ’s simple programming paradigm—find a pattern in the input and then perform an action—often reduced complex or tedious data manipulations to a few lines of code.
That day, I began the transition from statistician to Unix programmer. I was excited to try my hand at programming in AWK. A few days after my posting, I got a friendly email from Arnold introducing himself.
Learning to use a programming language is about more than mastering the syntax.
One needs to acquire an understanding of how to use the features of the language to solve practical programming problems.
A focus of this book is many examples that show how to use AWK. Our computers are much faster and have more memory.
Consequently, speed and storage inefficiencies of a high-level language matter less.
On one of many trips to the library or bookstore in search of books on Unix, I found the gray AWK book, a.k.a. He suggested we share design and algorithms and attached a draft of the POSIX standard so that I could update .