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Mar 01: Michael Sanders demos an X-windows GUI for AWK.

Mar 01: Awk100#24: A. Lahm and E. de Rinaldis' patent search, in AWK

Feb 28: Tim Menzies asks this community to write an AWK cookbook.

Feb 28: Arnold Robbins announces a new debugger for GAWK.

Feb 28: Awk100#23: Premysl Janouch offers a IRC bot, In AWK

Feb 28: Updated: the AWK FAQ

Feb 28: Tim Menzies offers a tiny content management system, in Awk.

Jan 31: Comment system added to awk.info. For example, see discussion bottom of ?keys2awk

Jan 31: Martin Cohen shows that Gawk can handle massively long strings (300 million characters).

Jan 31: The AWK FAQ is being updated. For comments/ corrections/ extensions, please mail tim@menzies.us

Jan 31: Martin Cohen finds Awk on the Android platform.

Jan 31: Aleksey Cheusov released a new version of runawk.

Jan 31: Hirofumi Saito contributes a candidate Awk mascot.

Jan 31: Michael Sanders shows how to quickly build an AWK GUI for windows.

Jan 31: Hyung-Hwan Chung offers QSE, an embeddable Awk Interpreter.

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AWK GUIs for Windows

Here's a dirt simple method of sprucing up your AWK output under Windows.

Requires Windows, and the WSH scripting host, both of which are native to any modern Windows installation.

To use this method, follow these three steps:

  1. Save a script like the following to an file with an extension of 'HTA' eg - 'example.hta' (HTA meaning 'HyperText Application' is a proprietary format for Internet Explorer).
  2. Edit the line shown below containing 'program.awk datafile' and replace with your AWK program file, and your datafile.
  3. Double click your HTA file to run it.

Example

This example will capture the output of your AWK program and render that output dynamically to an HTML stream within a graphical window.

<html>
   <head>
      <title>My application</title>

      <hta:application
      id="MyApp"
      applicationName="My application"
      border="thick"
      borderStyle="normal"
      caption="yes"
      contextMenu="yes"
      icon=""
      innerBorder="no"
      maximizeButton="yes"
      minimizeButton="yes"
      navigable="yes"
      scroll="yes"
      scrollFlat="no"
      selection="yes"
      showInTaskBar="yes"
      singleInstance="yes"
      sysMenu="yes"
      version="1.0"
	  windowState="normal">
   </head>

   <body>
      <script type="text/vbscript">
         Set WshShell = CreateObject("Wscript.shell")
         Set objExec= WshShell.Exec("%comspec% /c gawk -f program.awk
         datafile")
         output = objExec.StdOut.ReadAll
         document.write("<pre>" & output & "</pre>")
         </script>

      </body>
   </html>

Author

Michael Sanders: http://topcat.hypermart.net.

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