Simplifying data extraction using Linux text utilities

August 12, 2006 at 8:30 am (GNU/Linux)

I remember, the first time I was introduced to Unix – Yes my first experience with a POSIX OS was with Unix, more specifically SCO Unix and not Linux – the instructor told us that the real power of Unix was in its accomplishment of complex tasks by splitting them into smaller tasks which inturn are split into even smaller tasks and then assigned to different utilities. And the output from these utilities is combined together to get the desired solution. In management speak, it is known as efficient delegation of duties which makes Unix/Linux a winner. Compared to this, in Windows, you have a monolithic software doing all the tasks by itself which leads to unnecessary duplication and waste of resources.”

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