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In message <> you wrote:

> On 8 Feb 2008, at 14:03, steve donovan wrote:
> > (g)awk is a lovely language. Look at those old books by Jon Bentley
> > and
> > you'll see the oldtimers prototyping things in AWK. Was probably the
> > first scripting language, apart from BASIC and shell ;)

Awk is what I used to use until I discovered Lua. Awk, too, is a language
that elicits affection, despite its shortcomings. See

Gavin Wraith (
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