Who's trying to <grin>?
> But once you go a little further, gawk becomes a pain real fast ...
Sure does! If all you want is something stronger than the awk family,
you should take a look at Perl. I don't think any "scripting" language
beats Python for complicated projects, but for many simple projects on a
UNIX(tm)-like system, Perl is darned hard to beat (speaking here too as a
former nawk user ... there's almost nothing in nawk that Perl doesn't do
at least a little better).
> I don't think I'll become a class writer just yet ... Although I have
> this nagging temptation to write a good data analysis program using
> Python ...
And waste your hard-won Fortran education <wink>?!
Tim Peters email@example.com
not speaking for Kendall Square Research Corp