Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

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I always think "how easy would it be to read the data using a program written in AWK". If you can manipulate the data in AWK then there is a good chance that you can go back to the project in five years time and re-use the data even though the program that generated it may be un-runnable. I say AWK because it is a simple, but not too simple language; tabular formats can be the easiest to process in AWK (but CSV/TSV neds careful thought , and documentation on how to treat strings containing separators/string terminators); tree structured data has to be carefully laid out, for example by putting list opening/closing brackets on a line by themselves. Once the output format is AWK freindly, then it becomes Python/Perl/TCL friendly too.
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