"AWK" or "Awk" or "awk"?

"AWK" or "Awk" or "awk"?

Post by Alan Macke » Sat, 24 Apr 2004 22:08:35


How should one write the name of the slickest, best, text-massaging
programing language, exactly, when referring to it in documentation?
(And NO four letter words here, please. ;-)

In the GAWK man page, "AWK" occurs 64 times, "awk" 10 times and "Awk" not
at all. The system in the man page seems to be to use "AWK" for the
abstract language, but "awk" to refer to the POSIX standard or any
specific implementation of AWK which isn't GAWK.

So, is it "AWK" or "Awk" or "awk", or is it really not that important?

--
Alan Mackenzie (Munich, Germany)
Email: XXXX@XXXXX.COM ; to decode, wherever there is a repeated letter
(like "aa"), remove half of them (leaving, say, "a").
 
 
 

"AWK" or "Awk" or "awk"?

Post by dema » Sun, 25 Apr 2004 00:40:18


I'd say "AWK" because it's name came from the first letter of
three different people's last names.


Chuck Demas

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"AWK" or "Awk" or "awk"?

Post by Mario Hoer » Sun, 25 Apr 2004 01:11:52

# Charles Demas:

Imho it's the AWK language but the awk binary.

Cheers.
Mario
 
 
 

"AWK" or "Awk" or "awk"?

Post by Bob Chapma » Sun, 25 Apr 2004 12:06:06


Ref: "The AWK Programming Language" by Aho, Kernighan, and Weinberger,
Addison-Wesley, 1988, ISBN 0-201-07981-X.

On the cover, on the back of the book, and in headings it is "AWK."
Throughout the text it is "awk" unless it starts a sentence where it
is always capitalized "Awk." In the Index it is "awk."

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"AWK" or "Awk" or "awk"?

Post by Igor » Sun, 25 Apr 2004 13:34:34

In the jargon file, that has a whole paragraph about why it is "UNIX"
with capitals, it's simply "awk".
 
 
 

"AWK" or "Awk" or "awk"?

Post by Alan Macke » Tue, 27 Apr 2004 16:58:15

Alan Mackenzie < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote on Fri, 23 Apr 2004 13:08:35
+0000:

[ .... ]


Thanks guys, for all the discussion. It seems there're no strong
feelings about the matter and no really definitive answer to the
question, and even A, W and K were unsure how they wanted their language
spellt.

I think I'll just stick with "AWK", consistent with what I've been doing
up till now.

--
Alan Mackenzie (Munich, Germany)
Email: XXXX@XXXXX.COM ; to decode, wherever there is a repeated letter
(like "aa"), remove half of them (leaving, say, "a").