(Aho Weinberger Kernighan) A Unix programming utility developed in 1977 by Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger and Brian Kernighan. Due to its unique pattern-matching syntax, awk is often used in data retrieval and data transformation. Awk is widely used to search for a particular occurrence of text and perform some operation on it. Awk is an interpreted language, which has been ported to other computing environments, including DOS. See Gawk.
(usually attributive, computing) Code written in or skill in using the awk language.
I used C, Perl, the Bourne shell, and some awk and tcl to implement these projects.
Origin of awk
- From Old Norse Ç«fugr, Ç«figr, afigr (“turned backwards") (> Danish avet (“backwards"), Swedish avig (“turned backwards")), from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with German äbich, Gothic 𐌹𐌱𐌿𐌺𐍃 (ibuks, “turned back"). Akin to Sanskrit अपाच् (apāc, “turned away") . Compare dialect Danish ave (“to turn"), Icelandic öfga (“to reverse").