Regular expressions are an extremely powerful tool for manipulating text and data. They are now standard features in a wide range of languages and popular tools, including Perl, Java, VB.NET and C# (and any language using the .NET Framework), PHP, Python, Ruby, Tcl, MySQL, awk, and Emacs.
If you don't use regular expressions yet, you will discover in this book a whole new world of mastery over your data. If you already use them, you'll appreciate this book's unprecedented detail and breadth of coverage.
Jeffrey Friedl was raised in the countryside of Rootstown, Ohio, and had aspirations of being an astronomer until one day he noticed a TRS-80 Model I sitting unused in the corner of the chem lab (bristling with a full 16K of RAM, no less). He eventually began using Unix (and regular expressions) in 1980, and earned degrees in Computer Science from Kent (BS) and the University of New Hampshire (MS). He did kernel development for Omron Corporation in Kyoto, Japan for eight years before moving in 1997 to Silicon Valley to apply his regular-expression know-how to financial news and data for a little-known company called "Yahoo!"
When faced with the daunting task of filling his copious free time, Jeffrey enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and basketball with friends at Yahoo!, programming his house, and feeding the squirrels and jays in his back yard. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Fumie, and preparing for the Fall 2002 release of their first "software project" together.
This is a great guide to regular expressions in Perl. It's so nice to see a 'proper' book once in a while, instead of superficial dumbed-down crap.Published on March 21 2004
I had just started learning perl and I knew I needed to learn how to use regular expressions. I breezed through learning perl and this book was next. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Christopher Flynn
I used, but never truly understood, regular expressions until I read this book. If you use regular expressions in a production setting you need to understand them at a deep level... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Jack D. Herrington
I have struggled with regular expressions for a couple of years now. Like most people, I knew 'something about them', and could cobble together a simple regex. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by Amazon Customer
This book offered much additional information (e.g. history) about regular expressions, and will certainly be used further for reference purposes. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by Knud van Eeden
While the various websites give a lot of good information on regular expressions, they don't show enough about building them from scratch. Read morePublished on July 11 2003 by Dave from Seattle
If you want to learn the ins and outs of how a regular expression really works, this book does a great job explaining all the syntax, intricacies, optimization, greedy match, and... Read morePublished on July 2 2003 by Blue Monkey
I found other books much more helpful on solving a sticky regular expression problem. The author himself sums up his attitude towards users who want to find the solution fast... Read morePublished on June 2 2003 by John
Regular Expressions are a powerful tool, but not a topic that easily lend itself to a light reading. Read morePublished on May 13 2003 by Foti Massimo