- 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: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,892 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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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.
I bought this book after tooling around with regular expressions for a year or so and having limited success, my training having been limited to short online tutorials. After reading Friedl's guide, I have become much better at CORRECTLY programming regular expressions and "thinking regular expressions", that is, changing my outlook on a given task in order to apply regular expressions. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who deals with textual data on a daily basis, including, programmers, web developers and writers of any type.
The font/special characters/colors that Friedl uses to illustrate how a regex will match a string of text works very well - if you can read it. The problem is that they are really tiny on a high-res tablet screen and while you can zoom in on an image or enlarge a font, there seems to be nothing you can do to enlarge those examples.
For me it makes the kindle version unusable.
It's not for the novice, but if you do research on historical data, you'll find yourself, as I did, reaching for "Regular Expressions" again and again.
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My only complaint is the fonts. Both the text of the book and the source code.Read more
The book is easy to understand and you can apply it immediately.Read more
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