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Mastering Regular Expressions Third Edition Edition
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However, I am pleased to state that whoever the tech reviewers were, they did a thorough job on this one from O'Reilly. This book has matured over these three editions to become what I would consider the most detailed and valuable book about Regex on the planet - and that means whatever your favorite programming language or platform is.
And this book focuses on the mastery of regex, not being a reference tool. Though each language has a different syntax for handling objects and methods, the underlying objects and methods are the same with Regex, so even complex examples shown in one language directly translate to the other languages.
Suffice to say that there are basic concept chapters that are really language - agnostic, and then specific sections on PHP, .NET, JAVA, and Perl. The book covers practical Regex techniques and most importantly, it gets you to the conceptual level where you can begin constructing Regex patterns on your own, without having to look for "examples".
For .NET developers, Jeffrey provides a complete table-based overview of .NET's Regular Expression flavor, with a focus on the new features available in .NET 2.Read more ›
Further, because this book shares a similar title and cover as the Regex Pocket Reference by O'Reilly Media, I had mistakenly assumed that this book also shared its coverage of Ruby specifics. It does not. If you are a rubinest you'll find scant references to Ruby at all; Tcl gets more attention than Ruby.
On the other hand, if you're into Perl or PHP (I am not, obviously) you'll find a lot of value in this book. Dive right in.
I encourage the author and editors to decouple regex and language-specific implementations in future editions.
Stylistically and structurally, this is one of the most unique O'Reilly publications I have read. The author even says in the early chapters to think of the book as a novel, and not as a reference (the book's structure doesn't really lend itself to being a reference book anyways). The mindset that the author applies to his writing makes a discernable difference in how the book reads, and it feels more like a chronological story and less like a textbook as a result. Even the quizzes that the author scatters throughout the book are treated as part of the "story", and the solutions are on the very next page rather than in the back of the book or at the end of the chapter. As a result, the book is very easy to read, and flows extremely well. It feels much less like a textbook and more like a narrated lesson from an enjoyable professor.
With a topic as muddy and potentially confusing as regex, I was worried that the text would be just as confusing to follow. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The text itself is very well written, and very clear.Read more ›
The third edition just came out -- and that makes 10 years since this book was first published. That statistic alone indicates the steady value of "Mastering Regular Expressions" across the constant changes in applied software technology over that time. Regular expressions, still the most under-used power tool, needs a book like this.
Specifically, this third edition features enhanced coverage of PHP in the early tutorial chapters, plus an all new chapter devoted entirely to PHP regular expressions.
Also new in this edition, the Java chapter has been rewritten and expanded to reflect new features as Java itself has developed.
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so far on the kindle reader on my ipad, desktop and iphone some of the expressions do not display correctly. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Scott Mueller
This is NOT a "cookbook" for regular expressions, but can be a very good reference when you lose your mind with them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Harbour
Finally read this book. Difficult at first, but without this book I would not understand Regexes the way I do now. Read morePublished 3 months ago by efrankamo
I read it and I always have it around just in case someone else needs to learn regex.Published 3 months ago by Remiyu
I was very happy with this item. It meet my expectations and work as described.Published 3 months ago by Gerald D Schure
thank you, thank you, thank you. i've been using Regex for years, especially in Notepad++ . Even though i had learned some rather complex queries this book gave me my first hope... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JOHN BISGROVE III
Compared to other O'Reilly books this book is subpar. For a third edition it still has several typos the font choice is poor, also seems disorganized. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Van der Computer