AWK is described as 'If you are like many computer users, you would frequently like to make changes in various text files wherever certain patterns appear, or extract data from parts of certain lines while discarding the rest' and is an app in the Development category. There are four alternatives to AWK for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, BSD and Haiku. The best alternative is Python, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like AWK are Ruby (Free, Open Source), Perl (Free, Open Source) and Procedural Text Edit (Paid).
Ruby is a dynamic, reflective, general purpose object-oriented programming language that combines syntax inspired by Perl with Smalltalk-like features. Ruby originated in Japan during the mid-1990s and was initially developed and designed by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto.