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I am always confounded when people suggest that perl is a step up from awk, useful when awk has reached its limits.  Instead, the next step up from awk is lex, which provides the same pattern-action paradigm, the same use of regular expressions, and much of the same syntax in its action statements.

On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 9:29 PM, Miles Bader <> wrote:
kevin beckford <> writes:
> That's it. Ten years ago, awk was ten years obsolete.

Hardly.  Awk is an elegant and expressive little language, especially
for a certain (fairly common) problem domain.

As it is still useful, it's not obsolete.

> I hate to come to the surface in this fashion, after cheerfully
> lurking for weeks but awk?  Over perl?

Perl's far more featureful, but it's a horrible language.  Within its
domain, awk is much nicer.

For more complex programs, of course, awk's limitations can be annoying,
and something like Lua is often a better choice.


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