- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (August 18, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596528124
- ISBN-13: 978-0596528126
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Indispensable for text processing wizards and regex newcomers alike." - Paul Hudson, Linux Format, February 2007 "In addition to the sheer volume of information, one thing that sets this book apart is that the author uses "real-world" rather than contrived examples. A few of the examples were situations that I have yet to come across, but many were either "been there, done that" or things that I had to go out and try." - James Mohr, Linux Magazine, April 2007
About the Author
Jeffrey Friedl was raised in the countryside of Rootstown, Ohio, and had aspirations of being an astronomer until one day he noticed a TRS-80 Model I sitting unused in the corner of the chem lab (bristling with a full 16K of RAM, no less). He eventually began using Unix (and regular expressions) in 1980, and earned degrees in Computer Science from Kent (BS) and the University of New Hampshire (MS). He did kernel development for Omron Corporation in Kyoto, Japan for eight years before moving in 1997 to Silicon Valley to apply his regular-expression know-how to financial news and data for a little-known company called "Yahoo!"
When faced with the daunting task of filling his copious free time, Jeffrey enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and basketball with friends at Yahoo!, programming his house, and feeding the squirrels and jays in his back yard. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Fumie, and preparing for the Fall 2002 release of their first "software project" together.
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Top Customer Reviews
I use this book frequently as I write my Perl scripts and need to find a solution to a complex problem. Friedl's writing style makes this an easy read and, hence, the concepts are understandable and accessible without having to be verbose and unnecessarily techy.
It's worth every penny if your a developer, programmer or the occasional script writer.
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.
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 2.0, including class subtraction, RegexOptions, and named capture.
In sum, let me just say that any developer who finds the need to manipulate text - whether it be scraping a web page, creating a report, importing data, or a hundred other applications, is going to need Regular Expressions. Jeffrey's book provides a complete and mature approach that is fresh, timely and detailed. I would recommend this book for any developer.
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