I'd like to ask a question on U&L where we could create several implementations of transpose using the various languages (awk, perl, bash, etc.) but this type of question seems as though it would be off topic, yet I and others have answered at least a 1/2 dozen or so of these questions just this week. So it seems like a canonical Q&A to this topic would be valuable.

What's the best way to proceed?

BTW: I can provide references to Q&A's if need be.

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If we've already got a bunch of them, why do we need another? Post a good answer on one of them that includes methods for all the tools you want (although I don't really see why we need the same solution with a dozen different tools/languages either), and start closing new questions as a duplicate of that one

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  • The trouble I've seen is that each question is slightly different and people (my self included) will provide single solutions rather than a general one. But I think what you're saying is implement the "ultimate" transpose function in say awk and post it as an answer on one of the more general Q's and then reference the heck out it, no? – slm Aug 27 '13 at 21:12
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    @slm Yes. You can throw in implementations in other languages if you want, as long as you include the one(s) the question asked for – Michael Mrozek Aug 28 '13 at 15:02

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