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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (6 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059600415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596004156
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Regular Expressions for Perl, Ruby, PHP, Python, C, Java, and .NET --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By purpleblob on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Lawrence on 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 By George Dickey on 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 By Mr. S. Sprott on 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 By David Trumbell on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy G on 3 April 2011
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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 By A Customer on 19 Jan 2005
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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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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