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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2012
Very comprehensive and clear in everything it covers. I would have liked an appendix that listed the operators with simple examples. Even so this will be very useful.
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on 26 May 2015
Great reference book, large thick book an complete.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 24 July 2013
I have several Regular Expressions books; most of them are from O'reilly.
However the others are more focused on various unix/c environments.

Yet one cannot concentrate on operating system and ignore what they operate on. This book covers a wider environment that is encounter mostly in websites and occasionally in specific industries (C#, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, and VB.NET.) You learn that regular expressions even though indispensable are not necessarily uniform in syntax.

You can tell that this was not written in a laboratory or an ivory tower and the recipes are not just practical but the ones you will be challenged within the real world.

Do not tell anyone but I have fun reading this book in advance of a change to see the possibilities be for the questions arise.

While you are being mesmerized by regular expressions you are also being exposed to different environments; some you will be familiar with and others will make you say where have I been? To name a few various editors, the different languages themselves if you have not had a chance to experiment, each chapter tattle is a different concept or valid reason to use regular expressions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2014
Regular Expressions Cookbook by Jan Goywaerts & Steven Levithan

Summary:
Excellent reference work for modern regular expressions libraries in .NET, Javascript,
Java, Perl, Python, Ruby, and the PCRE library. Offers cut-and-paste recipes for matching
common formats like IP addresses (both IPv4 and IPv6), email addresses, US Zip codes, UK
postcodes, phone numbers etc. Also explores issues like regular expression performance
issues.

Regular expressions are both hugely useful, and tricky to master. The previous "classic"
book on the subject, "Mastering Regular Expressions" covers a different collection of
regexp implementation, including EMACS, for example. The languages covered in that book
used fundamentally different syntax, especially for quoting.

Since then, the programming world has decided to standardise aroudn the PERL syntax, and
all the languages in this book use similar basic syntax. However, they are slightly incompatible
in the corner cases. The authors of this book are developers behind software products which
emulate the various libraries covered in the book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Most modern programming languages have Regular Expressions as standard. This book will quickly help you to make full use of this powerful facility.
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