The AWK Programming Language

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The Awk Programming Language
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First edition
AuthorAlfred V. Aho, Brian W. Kernighan, and Peter J. Weinberger
PublisherAddison Wesley
Publication date
1 Jan. 1988

The AWK Programming Language[1] is a well-known 1988 book written by Alfred V. Aho, Brian W. Kernighan, and Peter J. Weinberger and published by Addison-Wesley, often referred to as the gray book.[2] The book describes the AWK programming language and is the de facto standard for the language, written by its inventors. W. Richard Stevens, author of several UNIX books including Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment, cites the book as one of his favorite technical books.[3] The book is translated to several languages and is cited by many technical papers in the ACM journals.[4]

According to the book's frontmatter the book was typeset "using an Autologic APS-5 phototypesetter and a DEC VAX 8550 running the 9th Edition of the UNIX operating system".


  1. ^ "The AWK Programming Language". Bell Labs. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  2. ^ "The GNU Awk User's Guide". GNU Project. Retrieved 21 September 2021. On one of many trips to the library or bookstore in search of books on Unix, I found the gray AWK book, a.k.a. Alfred V. Aho, Brian W. Kernighan, and Peter J. Weinberger's The AWK Programming Language (Addison-Wesley, 1988).
  3. ^ "W. Richard Stevens's FAQ". Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  4. ^ "The AWK programming language". ACM Digital Library. Retrieved 14 February 2015.

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