Linux Journal: Quick and Dirty Data Extraction in AWK
Oct 26, 2005, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hughes)
"Many years ago, probably close to 20, a regular point was made
on the comp Usenet newsgroups about using the minimum tool to get
the job done. That is, someone would ask for a quick and dirty way
to do something. The followups often included a C solution followed
by an AWK solution followed by a sed solution and so on.
"Today, I still try to use this philosophy when addressing a
problem. In this particular case, explained below, I picked AWK. If
any of you old-timers are reading this article, though, I expect
you will come up with a sed-based solution..."