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on September 14, 2014
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Great book. I have worn mine pretty well down.
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on August 11, 2014
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on December 5, 2013
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I bought this as a reference guide because I don't use regex every day. It's very clear and explains very well what regex is and what it's capable of. Powerful book - glad I added it to my library.
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on April 26, 2007
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This is must-have if you are trying to learn regexps or improve your knowledge of them. It carefully walks you through how to construct expressions, covering everything from the most basic tasks to complicated scenarios. It explains how matching works, so you can really understand what is going on behind the scenes.
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on January 3, 2007
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Very nice, good explanations.

Not exactly a plain old reference type book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2006
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This book is an invaluable resource. I learned more than I wanted to know about regex after reading this book. The authors breaks things down to the smallest detail and discusses each aspect. He covers regular expressions, their engines, their use, and some tips and tricks without losing the reader.

If you are just learning regex, I don't recommend this book - but if you know a little and want to take your regex to the next step, this is the book for you!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Regular Expressions are a powerful pattern matching process built into many programming languages (but often hidden and not fully exploited).

If you are verifying input from a form or analyzing an HTML page or engaged in any other sort of pattern matching, Regular Expressions are something you should master.

The problems addressed by this book are (a) regex is poorly documented in general and (b) it has grown up ad hoc: every language's implementation is different from every other, sometimes very different.

The book does a good job of documentation and explanation in the early chapters. But in the later chapters it falls prey to the problem it is trying to solve. If you use Perl or Java or VB.NET, then this book gives a lot of very important information not easily found elsewhere.

On the other hand, if you use PHP, MySQL or JavaScript (as I do) you have to look elsewhere for the advanced topics.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2005
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Get the small pocket reference guide instead of this book! It is difficult to find what you want if you don't know exactly what you are looking for. I admit it covers the subject very well, but if you don't know Regular Expressions thoroughly, you have to read every word of the book or look forever to find what you want. Just buy the pocket reference guide and go to the library once a year when you need this thing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2005
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The only book to explain regular expression in a clear and exhaustive manner, covering differences between the most important programming language in which regex are used.

A "must have".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2005
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I have known about regular expressions for a long time, but they have always been some kind of mysterious secret code. Recently I was reading something else that pointed out the power of regular expressions, so I decided it was time to learn regular expressions once and for all. After reviewing the available books on Amazon, I chose this one. I was not disappointed.

After reading just the first few chapters, I have been able to put them to work and make my life a lot easier. As a software engineer, I'm always doing searches through code or search/replace operations. I am now able to do more precise searches and do search/replace operations I never dreamed were possible before.

Learn regular expressions now! Get this book!
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