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4.0 out of 5 stars Round the world tour of string processing for Pythoneers, February 28, 2004
This review is from: Text Processing in Python (Paperback)
This is the only book that really attacks the issue of string processing using Python. Unfortunately it didn't attack the text processing problems that I wanted discussed.
Also, in the area of Regular Expressions the examples didn't directly use the Python library, instead a wrap around function was used for the many examples and that detracted from using the book as a reference book for this purpose.
I found that Python has several different ways to do string processing. Also, some of those ways come up with conflicting results. At the time of this writing the authors of Python are re-organizing and improving this area.
What is truly great about the book is the discussion of state machines, parsers, and functional programming. Although these topics detract from the focus on string processing somewhat this book is perhaps the only popular Python book out there that does these topics justice. I thought they were very well written.
My overall complaint is that this book includes too many things outside of text processing using the core Python language. But other readers may appreciate this aspect more than I did. If you want coverage on handling email specifically, the author covers that. Same with HTML processing and other specialized topics. I just wanted to low down on using the full string processing capabilities of the core Python language -- not necessarily all the specialized libraries.
I found string processing to be messy with Python but found Ruby to be much easier. That is perhaps because Ruby is a newer language and it has some features of Perl built in. Ruby however does not have the extent of libraries available like Python, nor does it have as nice of Windows GUI.
Overall, if you are looking for a book on text processing this is the only book out there, and a big plus with this book is what you will learn on function programming, state machines and parsers.
The author worked hard to produce a book in this specialized area. He has lots of code examples. Highly recommended for Python programmers.
John Dunbar
Sugar Land, TX
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