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AWK Essential Training

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Learn how to manipulate and format data with AWK, a Mac and Linux command-line tool.

So you've got a large data set. New information is always coming in, and it's messy and inconsistent. Text files, Excel spreadsheets, web forms, email messages, and so on. You'd like to find a way to format it into something clean and consistent you can use in a database, and you'd like to automate that process as much as possible. Enter AWK, a command-line tool for Mac, Unix, and Linux that allows you to manipulate data in powerful ways.

In this course, award-winning author and teacher David D. Levine shows you how to use AWK to read and write data in a variety of formats, produce reports, and automate repetitive tasks. He reviews the nuts and bolts of the language, such as field separators, pattern matching, variables, operators, expressions, and control structures; functions available for manipulating data; and integration with other programs like Excel.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. What Is AWK?
  • What is AWK?
2. AWK Command Line Basics
  • Writing an AWK program
  • Working with records, fields, patterns, and actions
  • Using AWK command-line flags
3. Understanding Records and Fields
  • Exploring basic input-field separators
  • Specifying field and record separators with variables
  • Challenge: Change a CSV file to a tab-separated one
  • Solution: Change a CSV file to a tab-separated one
4. Understanding Variables and Operators
  • Using built-in variables
  • Creating user-defined variables
  • Working with operators and arrays
5. A Quick Introduction to Regular Expressions
  • Regular expression basics
  • Working with character classes and quantifiers
6. Using Control Structures
  • Building control structures
  • Creating an HTML table
  • Challenge: Print only those lines consisting of a complete HTML entity
  • Solution: Print only those lines consisting of a complete HTML entity
7. Formatting the Output
  • Formatting output with printf()
  • Formatting output with width and precision specifiers
8. Functions and Arrays
  • Manipulating strings
  • Using associative arrays
  • Introducing AWK's math functions
9. Combining AWK with Other Tools
  • Using pipes
  • Parsing Excel CSV files: Line endings and quoting
  • Parsing Excel CSV files: Commas and new lines
  • Scripting with AWK
  • Challenge: Perform a join
  • Solution: Perform a join
  • Goodbye

Taught by

David D. Levine

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