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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 cute little guys that will work hard for you
I've had this book for 3-4 years now and find it to be mu handiest refernce. I even use ot more than my vi book.
The raw power of sed and awk will humble even the proudest VB programmer and this book will help you get the most out of both the "Aho, Weinberg and Kernigan" and the "stream editor".
The first chapter section is entitled "May...
Published on July 1 2004 by Alexander E. Paulsen

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good tutorial, problematic reference
I suppose if the proof of the teaching is in the learning, the authors' idea (in this edition) of interlacing their discussions of Sed and Awk throughout the volume is vindicated, because I am learning easily from the book. Yet this organization detracts seriously from its reference value, especially when one uses the index.
You can look up a feature which you...
Published on May 25 1999 by Paul Emmons (pemmons@voicenet.com)


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good first book on Awk & Sed, March 19 2004
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Juan J. Casero (Hialeah, FL USA) - See all my reviews
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This is a great first book on awk and sed. It also has one of the clearest explanations of regular expressions I could find. I use it all the time in my database programming/data processing work. It has served me well. There are probably more advanced features of awk that are not covered in this book but for the price it is a great bargain. If you want to learn awk buy this book and you won't be disappointed. You can ignore the sections on sed if you like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A strong reference for sed and awk users, Dec 19 2000
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Bruce D. Meyer (Elgin, SC United States) - See all my reviews
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It is a quality and authoritiative book. I first learned awk and sed with Ellen Quigleys 'Unix Shells' and found this book to assist with the more complex issues not covered in her book. (Like working with unstructured, dirty data, and defining a template to pull relevant data from the flat file. I didn't use this as a 'start at the beginning and read all the way through it,' like the 'Mastering Regular Expressions' book. This is more of a reference book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not good, May 29 2002
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Unlike the other Oriely books, this one is a disappointment. There is just lot of text and not much examples. Also things are introduced out of sequence thus making it difficult to get things properly. The examples do not go from simple to difficult. Also there is much talk about troff nroff etc. and then people not familiar with these things get unnecessarily distracted. There are 6 chapters on sed but the amount of information is litte.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners., Sept. 17 1998
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Just finished it. Great book for beginners, tends to focus a bit on the non-programmer. However, it is revealing, showing you how to automatically edit things you usually do manually. Could have used some exercises, and some special problems at the end of each chapter, so you could practice what you learned in that chapter. Great book otherwise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.., July 3 1998
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This book took me from a state of loathing and ignorance of awk, to a complete awk fanatic, nowadays most of my scripts have some awk in them somewhere. Use this book to learn about the tools, and keep it within reach of your command prompt and you will unlock the power of the tools discussed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must !, Jan. 13 2000
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This book from the GREAT O'reilly Collection is a must for anyone who wants to master 'sed' and 'awk', a POWERFUL set of Unix tools, which are too often ignored or under-utilized. Written in plain english, this book will satisfy the advanced and the novice users. Greatly recommended !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A necessity for every Unix System Administrator, Nov. 10 1998
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This is a well written technical book. It will lead you from the very basic to the most advance concept of sed & awk. It will first build a good foundation by explaining the basics of reg. exps. then gradually teach you how to apply it using the editors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars if you are a sys admin you need this book, Nov. 25 2002
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Neil J. Lawrence "Zen of Chem" (Lincoln, NE USA) - See all my reviews
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This is the definitive book on both sed and awk. my only gripe is that it is a bit tedieous at times but that is because hte author doesn't assume any pre knowledge of the subject. A great book for new admins or seasoned hackers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, a must for anyone working with UNIX, March 4 1998
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The book provides a good intro to sed and awk and regular expressions in general. I recommend it for anyone that spends any time at a shell prompt. Even if you think you know these 2 tools you should give this one a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the wannabe UNIX wizard, April 23 1999
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This is a good book. Although I find some of the information that I need. There seems to be a fair amount that's concealed by the books approach to each topic.
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