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The awk Programming Language


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1. An AWK Tutorial.
Getting Started.Simple Output.Fancier Output.Selection.Computing with AWK.Control-Flow Statements.Arrays.A Handful of Useful "One-liners."What Next?

2. The AWK Lanaguage.
Patterns.Actions.User-Defined Functions.Output.Input.Interaction with Other Programs.Summary.

3. Data Processing.
Data Transformation and Reduction.Data Validation.Bundle and Unbundle.Multiline Records.Summary.

4. Reports and Databases.
Generating Reports.Packaged Queries.A Relational Database System.Summary.

5. Processing Words.
Random Text Generation.Interactive Text-Manipulation.Text Processing.Summary.

6. Little Languages.
An Assembler and Interpreter.A Language for Drawing Graphs.A Sort Generator.A Reverse-Polish Calculator.An Infix Calculator.Recursive-Descent Parsing.Summary.

7. Experiments with Algorithms.
Sorting.Profiling.Topological Sorting.Make: A File Updating Program.Summary.

8. Epilog.
AWK as a Language.Performance.Conclusion.

Appendix A: AWK Summary.

Appendix B: Answers to Selected Exercises.


About the Author

Brian W. Kernighan works in the Computing Science Research Center at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies. He is Consulting Editor for Addison-Wesley's Professional Computing Series and the author, with Dennis Ritchie, of The C Programming Language. 020107981XAB04062001

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