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Regular Expression Pocket Reference: Regular Expressions for Perl, Ruby, PHP, Python, C, Java and .NET (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) [Paperback]

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28 July 2007 Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)

This handy little book offers programmers a complete overview of the syntax and semantics of regular expressions that are at the heart of every text-processing application. Ideal as a quick reference, Regular Expression Pocket Reference covers the regular expression APIs for Perl 5.8, Ruby (including some upcoming 1.9 features), Java, PHP, .NET and C#, Python, vi, JavaScript, and the PCRE regular expression libraries.

This concise and easy-to-use reference puts a very powerful tool for manipulating text and data right at your fingertips. Composed of a mixture of symbols and text, regular expressions can be an outlet for creativity, for brilliant programming, and for the elegant solution. Regular Expression Pocket Reference offers an introduction to regular expressions, pattern matching, metacharacters, modes and constructs, and then provides separate sections for each of the language APIs, with complete regex listings including:

  • Supported metacharacters for each language API
  • Regular expression classes and interfaces for Ruby, Java, .NET, and C#
  • Regular expression operators for Perl 5.8
  • Regular expression module objects and functions for Python
  • Pattern-matching functions for PHP and the vi editor
  • Pattern-matching methods and objects for JavaScript
  • Unicode Support for each of the languages
With plenty of examples and other resources, Regular Expression Pocket Reference summarizes the complex rules for performing this critical text-processing function, and presents this often-confusing topic in a friendly and well-organized format. This guide makes an ideal on-the-job companion.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (28 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596514271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514273
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Regular Expressions for Perl, Ruby, PHP, Python, C, Java, and .NET

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Ideal as an introduction for beginners and a quick reference for advanced programmers, Regular Expression Pocket Reference is a comprehensive guide to regular expression APIs for C, Perl, PHP, Java, .NET, Python, vi, and the POSIX regular expression libraries. This handy book offers programmers a complete overview of the syntax and semantics of regular expressions, which are at the heart of every text-processing application. When you've reached a sticking point and need to get to a solution quickly, the new Regular Expression Pocket Reference is the book you'll want to have. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An essential in my work bag 18 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
Okay, let me start by saying this book pretty much repeats information throughout the book and that's simply because it's aim is to show regular expressions in Perl, C, PHP, Python, Java and .NET. So it's a little like getting a manual for your DVD player with instruction in French, English etc. when all you care about is English. However, if you happen to work in various languages (as I have in the past) then this is actually a major selling point.

I do not use regular expression often enough to have instant recall of the metacharacters etc. and so this little book (at a pretty good price) which fits perfectly into a small pocket in my laptop bag is a MUST HAVE for me for those times I do need to write reg. expression code.

I don't leave home without it :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Memory Aid 20 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
A few years ago I read "Mastering Regular Expressions" (the somewhat weightier sibling of this volume) cover to cover and loved every page. It's a great book, readable and filled with detailed explanations but within a few months almost all I had learnt was completely gone.

That is where this pocket reference comes in. The perfect tool to quickly jog your memory and remind you of that unusual rule. If you're new to regular expressions I'd recommend "Mastering Regular Expressions" first but, if you can, buy both. You won't regret it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential pocket guide 27 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
If use perl or a unix style operating system then this little book is a real gem. Unless that this, you can remember what all the funny little characters mean :-) I find myself using perl only a few times a month, so invariably when I want to do something, I know that it is possible, but I have to go searching for my camel to remind myself of the syntax.
Unlike some other pocket guides, this isn't just a reference, but actually contains some tutorial elements.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great RegEx crib sheet 21 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
I can never remember Regex syntax, and this is like a handy crib sheet I can keep on my desk without it cluttering the place up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pocket reference for regex. 4 April 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is a good reference for regex. I purchased this book because it covered Python syntax and it's quick and easy to use. However, if you are looking for something more comprehensive, go for Mastering Regular Expressions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better 3 April 2011
By Andy G
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love these little books but was slightly disappointed with this one.

I appreciate the need to explain the variations between different implementations, but I would have preferred a more detailed (and simpler) description of the core elements of RegEx. For the price though, it's still worth purchasing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
...so it's handy to have this nearby.
Good reminder of syntax in various programming languages and Unix/Linux shell tools, also covers unicode. Nice intro, with index.
Great companion to the other, fatter owl book.
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By Oliver
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I'd recommend this product to those who are experienced programmers in one of the languages on the book and who really wants to be able to focus soley on Regexp for their language. The book goes into some details of what regex is and also how it can be used in different recipes. Great book
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I bought this book in order to learn more about Python programming language, something new to me at the time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gary
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with great cross-language examples
I like this book as it gives good examples for major programming languages using the same case scenarios. Very useful and easy to follow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good pocket book
I have found the pocket book useful for some examples, not only in PHP (using it) but even for other languages in specific Java. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2012 by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars Express yourself
Real programmers are regularly expressive. The concept is as important to programming languages and utilities as pointers are to "c". Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2010 by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent choice for Regex
A good book on RegEx - with examples covering many Programming Languages. However, when you trully need sth on Regular Expression, you'll most likely find yourself turning to the... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2010 by drkameleon
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but not what I'd hoped for.
It's handy to have a quick how-to for using regular expressions under different circumstances. But I'd rather have had more comprehensive cover of fewer languages!
Published on 4 Jun 2008 by scruffy bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another excellent Pocket Reference
I have several of the books in this series, and every one has been a lifesaver at some time or another, and I think this will be no exception. Read more
Published on 16 July 2007 by Mr. Mark Plant
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