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The stories behind a few O'Reilly "classics"

By Tim O'Reilly
February 17, 2012

Tim O'Reilly: "It's amazing to me how books I first published more than 20 years ago are still creating value for readers."

The stories behind a few O'Reilly "classics"

The stories behind a few O'Reilly
By Tim O'Reilly
February 17, 2012

Tim O'Reilly: "It's amazing to me how books I first published more than 20 years ago are still creating value for readers."

Strata Gems: The timeless utility of sed and awk

By Edd Dumbill
December 6, 2010

Though over 30 years old, the command line utilties sed and awk are still go-to tools for working with data.

An Interview with Brian Kernighan: Breeding Little Languages

An Interview with Brian Kernighan: Breeding Little Languages
By Allen Noren
April 10, 2009

Following is an excerpt from Masterminds of Programming, by Federico Biancuzzi and Shane Warden. (Adapted for the web). The Unix philosophy of many small tools, powerful in their combination, is evident in the AWK programming language. Its inventors (Al Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan) describe it as a language for syntax-driven pattern matching. Its straightforward syntax and clever selection of useful features make it easy to slice and dice text through one-liners without having to understand parsers and grammars and finite automata. Though its inspiration has spread to general-purpose languages such as Perl, any modern Unix box still has AWK installed and quietly, effectively, working away.


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