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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (29 July 2002)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0596002890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596002893
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"....Jeffrey Friedl, takes the reader through an amazing regex journey, probing every nook and cranny, and turning over every rock...." -- Major Keary, Book News, June 2002

"....There's no better way to learn how to use regular expressions than with Jeffrey Friedl's fine book." -- Leo LaPorte, TechTV, July 16, 2002

"It’s a definitive reference on the subject and a must-have for serious programmers." -- Netsurfer Digest, July 26, 2002

If you use tools like grep, perl, & procmail daily, this book is a good investment both in the money spent and the time working your way through it. -- Jim Secan, The Journal of the Tucson Computer Society, Jan 2003

The author does an outstanding job leading the reader from regex novice to master. -- Jason Menard, javaranch.com, March 2003

The author really knows his subject and presents what could have been quite a dry subject in a very readable way. -- Kevin Taylor, Northants Linux Users Group, August 2002

There's no better way to learn how to use regular expressions than with Jeffrey Friedl's fine book. -- Leo LaPorte, TechTV, July 16, 2002

This a valuable book for anyone who needs to master regular expressions. -- Huw Collingbourne, PC Plus, March 2003

About the Author

Jeffrey Friedl was raised in the countryside of Rootstown, Ohio, and had aspirations of being an astronomer until one day noticing a TRS-80 Model I sitting unused in the corner of the chem lab (bristling with a full 16k RAM, no less). He eventually began using UNIX (and regular expressions) in 1980. With degrees in computer science from Kent (B.S.) and the University of New Hampshire (M.S.), he is now an engineer with Omron Corporation, Kyoto, Japan. He lives in Nagaokakyou-city with Tubby, his long-time friend and Teddy Bear, in a tiny apartment designed for a (Japanese) family of three. Jeffrey applies his regular-expression know-how to make the world a safer place for those not bilingual in English and Japanese. He is active in a variety of language-related projects, both in print and on the Web. When faced with the daunting task of filling his copious free time, Jeffrey enjoys riding through the mountainous countryside of Japan on his Honda CB-1. At the age of 30, he finally decided to put his 6'4" height to some use, and joined the Omron company basketball team. While finalizing the manuscript for Mastering Regular Expressions., he took time out to appear in his first game, scoring five points in nine minutes of play, which he feels is pretty darn good for a geek. When visiting his family in The States, Jeffrey enjoys dancing a two-step with his mom, binking old coins with his dad, and playing schoffkopf with his brothers and sisters.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Precious TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2003
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If you regularly develop code in Perl, PHP, Javascript, Java or any other language supporting Regular Expressions, this book will be invaluable to you. Regular Expressions might not look too wonderful, they don't look very friendly, but once you learn them, you'll wonder how you *ever* did without them. This book explains regular expressions comprehensively and simply, and covers specific differences between RE implementations in various languages.
You really can't go wrong here - buying this book and investing a little time to learn Regular Expressions can double your efficiency as a coder - they save me countless hours in my job as a web developer for a major ISP, I couldn't live without Regular Expressions, and I couldn't live without this book!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Ellwood on 7 Jan. 2004
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I bought, read and thoroughly enjoyed the first edition of this book, and was actually surprised to find the second edition a few years later, since I thought Jeffrey Friedl must have already said all there was to say about the subject, so complete was edition 1. However, I soon found a lot of useful new information in edition 2 (e.g. look-behind), beautifully explained as ever. Both editions are well-written IMO, although I wouldn't call them "easy reads". They are not really for dipping into, but for settling down with, although I can only usually manage a couple of chapters at a time, but I always come back. They are "satisfying reads", and somewhat addictive; I think they appeal to the nit-picker in me. For dipping into, perhaps the "Regular Expression Pocket Reference" (by a different author) will be better - I haven't read it yet. But if you actually want to understand REs (and they occur widely in the UNIX/Linux world that I inhabit :-) ), this book is a must.
As a bonus, it is also a rather good introduction to Perl (5.8 in the 2nd edition), but of course, REs are not confined to Perl, as the author makes clear.
My only criticism is actually of the paper quality of the 2nd edition, which is odd, since the 1st edition's paper was recycled and acid-free, which this is apparently not, but it looks cheap and nasty. I think Jeffrey Friedl deserves better.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Graham Ellis on 7 Aug. 2002
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I welcome the second edition of this book; it's five years since the first edition, which was showing its age. Coverage of Regular Expressions in Perl and Java is thorough and now up to date (Perl 5.8, Java 1.4), and if you're looking to do serious pattern matching in either of those languages, get yourself a copy.
I run training courses in Perl and Java, and this book is one I'll be telling my trainees about. I'm disappointed at the scant coverage of some of the other regular expression flavours that I also teach, such as PHP, Tcl, Ruby and MySQL - the more general chapters are still of use to programmers in those languages, but the book is short on language-specific detail and examples.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MikeH on 14 Dec. 2003
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This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It goes far behind simply using regExps but into efficiency and alternate strategies. Covers implementation in many languages (java, perl, .net) yet is still quite easy to understand.
The author says the aim of the book is to get you to "think in regular expressions", this is a great approach and I now find myself using regular expressions to do just about everything involving text.
Well recommended if you really want to understand and use regular expressions
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham Phillips on 17 July 2003
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Starts at the beginning with simple examples and detailed explanations. If you stick with it through 500-odd pages I'm sure you will end up knowing everything that's worth knowing about regular expressions. Personally I gave up about a third of the way through because I had learned everything I needed for my particular purposes. But it's good to know the book is still there for whenever I need to know some obscure detail. The writing style is great (readable like a story but sometimes quirky) and the layout and typography are exemplary.
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