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Sed and Awk: Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition Paperback – June 19, 2002
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About the Author
Arnold Robbins, an Atlanta native, is a professional programmer and technical author. He has worked with Unix systems since 1980, when he was introduced to a PDP-11 running a version of Sixth Edition Unix. He has been a heavy AWK user since 1987, when he became involved with gawk, the GNU project's version of AWK. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for AWK. He is currently the maintainer of gawk and its documentation. He is also coauthor of the sixth edition of O'Reilly's Learning the vi Editor. Since late 1997, he and his family have been living happily in Israel.
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I have the full "sed & awk" second edition book, but I went to the pocket reference instead. I would not have been able to find what I needed in the larger book as quickly.
Some have complained about some of the pocket references lacking indexes. This one doesn't have one, but it's so easy to use that it doesn't need one. Just flip and few pages and you'll find what you need. As far as I'm concerned time is money. This little book has paid for itself in one weeks use.
So O'Reilly and Robbins decided to help you by providing this pocketbook reference that encapsulates the online help for the programs. The book is aimed at someone who programs, but still prefers a traditional hardcopy reference as an aid to human memory. It assumes that you basically already know how to use the programs, but just need some reminder as to the exact syntax and all the possible options.
If you need a complete description of the commands, with examples and explanations, please consider buying the "non pocket" version, since this is only a fast reference, much like having a "man sed" in your pocket (it really is *tiny*).
Besides, it's not a bad idea to indicate to the people around you that you grok the command line or are at least trying to learn. If older folks run the shop, you get street cred or a pat on the head. If younger folks do... they might ask you over to their desk to help with a personal program they'd never be able to hack together, despite being like python ninjas or whatever.
Sed & Awk Pocket Reference is just one of those necessities that one should have for such a job as it really will help you become proficient and may even help you get out of a situation a bit faster. I have gone through 2 of these references personally and use it for everything from troubleshooting to automated cronjobs. My only complaint with this 2nd Edition is that it doesn't have as many examples as I'd like, requiring one to fiddle around with switch & option syntax a few times to get right. Otherwise, it's a gem in doing my job. Get it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does not worth to pay so much for such a little bunch of pages. You would rather print a couple of internet pages and keep it near for reference.Published 3 months ago by Marco Tulio Arreola Fernandez
Good pocket reference; used it several times in the past few weeks since I received it.Published 15 months ago by Carl
It is a pocket size book, a quick reference. I think it is too expensive for its size and contents, but however it is usefulPublished 19 months ago by Ali FT
Lacks good and complex examples and workflow explanation. Besides that Kindle version is badly formatted. Reading man page would be as effective.Published on January 15, 2014 by Andrey Vasilenkov
Too terse to learn from scratch using this book, too short to be a desktop reference. For the price though, a nice intro.Published on October 22, 2013 by denny
Very handy and will fit into my backpack easily. I will recommend it to new and experienced users. Extended my knowledge of the two subjects.Published on September 3, 2013 by Martin S. Edu