On Sun, Jul 24, 2022 at 7:30 PM Stuff Received <stuff(a)riddermarkfarm.ca> wrote:
As I was (re)reading Bentley's "More
Programming Pearls", I saw the
following in Sect. 2.6, Further Reading: "Aho, Kernighan, and Weinberger
designed and built the original Awk language in 1977. (Whatever you do,
don't permute the initials of their last names!)"
The exclamation mark seems to indicate a background story. Anyone know it?
I once asked Aho about this when I was a student (his
compilers class was one of the few CS courses I took).
He said they would meet in a room and people would
walk by and stick their heads in and say, "AWK! AWK!
AWK!" as a kind of joke, and the name came from that.
`akw` seems like the most promising alternative, for
no other reason than that the initials are alphabetized.
`kaw` feels a bit silly, sounding like the noise that a
I suspect "awk" was the closest to pronounceable
without seeming unduly goofy.
- Dan C.