Uppsala Multidisciplinary Center for Advanced Computational Science

Awk workshop summer 2016

"To 'awk' or not to ?"

This will be the question addressed in this seminar held in conjunction with the UPPMAX Introductory Course.

"The Enlightened Ones say that....

You should never use C if you can do it with a script;
You should never use a script if you can do it with awk;
Never use awk if you can do it with sed;
Never use sed if you can do it with grep.“

Awk is useful when the overheads of more sophisticated approaches is not worth the bother.

Source: http://awk.info/?whygawk

This workshop aims to promote the awk tool for use in everyday research work and urges you to find solutions yourself rather than expecting ready-made ones. Thus, the material given during the seminar will not be a complete guide or manual.

The purpose of the workshop is to give an overview of the capabilities of the awk language and to underline some of its particular strengths as well as its disadvantages.

Some basic knowledge of Unix, bash and some simple tools like grep and sed is required.

Please have a look at the seminar web page (https://sites.google.com/site/toawkornot) for a glimpse over the topics that will be discussed.

Don’t forget to bring your laptop if you want to participate in the interactive tutorials during the seminar!

Seminar information

Place: Uppsala, ScilifeLab, BMC room E10:1307, 1308, 1309

Date and time: August 22, 9-16.


Please direct questions and comments to Pavlin Mitev.