[Hpr] Kind awk word

Klaatu klaatu at member.fsf.org
Thu Mar 8 09:12:55 PST 2018

I'd like to publicly thank b-yeezi and Dave Morriss for their amazing 
series on awk.

tl;dr: I learned awk from their HPR series and have used it every day 
this week. It has changed my life.

Long version:

I have to confess that I've had the O'Reilly "Sed and Awk" book on my 
bookshelf for over 5 years (in fact, it's one maybe 6 books I brought 
with me from the US to New Zealand when I moved). Tried to read it 
several times, got basically nowhere.

And yet at least once a fortnight, I'd encounter some situation that 
would make me think "I'll bet this would be really easy with awk. I 
should really learn awk."

Still, no dice.

This has gone on for at least FIVE YEARS.

On Monday of this week, however, I had to write a vitally important 
script for work. I knew this script was a perfect use case for awk, so I 
downloaded the awk series, followed along, and by the end of the day, 
I'd written my script. And yesterday, I wrote a converter script for 
some RPG resources I'd had lying around for the past year, waiting for 
manual conversion to docbook.

I've been using awk every day this week, and don't see myself putting it 
aside...ever. Thank you for your series, guys. It's improved my Linux 
experience, which I was pretty sure had already reached a pinnacle. 
Nope, it just keeps getting better.

And I owe it ALL to HPR. <- cue the outro.


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