I had no idea…have you ever read awk’s entire manual? How long did it take you?
The other day, I was watching Bryan Cantrill’s 2018 talk, Rust, and Other Interesting Things, and he made an offhanded comment while discussing values of different programming languages and communities. He said, “If you get the awk programming language manual…you’ll read it in about two hours and then you’re done. That’s it. You know all of awk.”
Only two hours to learn an entire language?! …. Challenge accepted!