- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (March 5, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672325667
- ISBN-13: 978-0672325663
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
- Match characters sets
- Match repeating characters (using minimums and maximums if needed)
- Match (or ignore) based on case
- Build sub-expressions
- Use all of the special characters
- Work with excape sequences
- Use POSIX classes to simplify complex expressions
- Use back-references
- Use look-behind operators
About the Author
Ben Forta is Macromedia Inc.'s Senior Technical Evangelist and has more than two decades of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and marketing. Ben is the author of the popular Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes (in this same series), ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit, its sequel Advanced ColdFusion Application Development, as well as books on JavaServer Pages, Windows development, mobile computing, and other topics. More than one-quarter million Ben Forta books have been printed in more than a dozen languages worldwide. He writes regular columns on Internet and application development topics and spends a considerable amount of time lecturing and speaking on application development worldwide. Ben welcomes your email at firstname.lastname@example.org and invites you to visit his Web site at http://www.forta.com/.
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if unwanted characters are present and false if only valid input is present. On the other hand a regular expression of /([A-Za-z])+/ returns true if only only valid input is present, but also returns true when some combination of valid and invalid input is present.
Reading the reviews of the ones offered, this one seemed to be the only one available. The reviews for the non-kindle version were good. And I agree with all of the good reviews. This book starts one from the VERY basics of writing Regular Expressions to an intermediate level. Like another reviewer, I now feel confident to tackle more advanced Regex patterns.
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If you haven't noticed, this book was published back in 2004 (ten years ago as I type this). How on earth can a ten-years old technical book still be useful? The answer is that Regular Expressions in 10 Minutes provides a concise overview of regular expression's (REGEX's) most common features. And those primary features haven't expired from old age.
I only recently began using REGEX in earnest. So for the past couple of weeks I've been reading and working with several books about REGEX. Some of those books have proven more useful than others. At this point, the most useful books have been those that include concise working examples of REGEX's primary syntax and meta-characters.
And a concise reminder of syntax and usage is exactly why I frequently pick up my copy of Regular Expressions in 10 Minutes despite the book having been published ten years ago…
The book is nothing fancy, and doesn't go into the really complex stuff that you can do with regular expressions, but if you don't need any of that and you just want to learn enough to write regular expressions on your own, this is what you need.
1. It is short.
2. It is cheap.
3. It is conceptual, not language-specific
If you have access to the Internet, you can easily find free tutorials and reference guides and even tools for using regular expressions. Why would you need a book!?! Because almost all of the free resources start with something like this "The period (.) matches any character. Use the backslash (\) to escape special characters" etc. etc.
But that is not teaching someone how to use regular expressions, it is just teaching syntax. Useful, but IMO not the right place to start.
I think that one needs to understand the purpose of regular expressions and how/why to use them - before getting into the arcane syntax. Another thing that the book illustrates is how to avoid matching things you *don't* want, as well as matching the things you *do* want. IMO, this kind of thinking is important but rarely taught.
If you already know regular expressions, then this is not the book for you. But if you are new to regular expressions and you like to learn by example - buy this book. It will take you more than 10 minutes. But if you work through the entire book, you will understand regular expressions better than most people.