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Sams Teach Yourself Regular Expressions in 10 Minutes Paperback – Feb 24 2004
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From the Back Cover
- Match characters sets
- Match repeating characters (using minimums and maximums if needed)
- Match (or ignore) based on case
- Build sub-expressions
- Use all of the special characters
- Work with excape sequences
- Use POSIX classes to simplify complex expressions
- Use back-references
- Use look-behind operators
Sams Teach Yourself Regular Expressions in 10 Minutesis a tutorial book organized into a series of easy-to-follow 10-minute lessons. These well targeted lessons teach you in 10 minutes what other books might take hundreds of pages to cover. Instead of dwelling on syntax, terminology, and arcane examples and scenarios, this book takes a very hands-on approach to solving the needs of the majority of RegEx users who simply need to manipulate data.
About the Author
Ben Forta is Macromedia Inc.'s Senior Technical Evangelist and has more than two decades of experience in the computer industry in product development, support, training, and marketing. Ben is the author of the popular Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes (in this same series), ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit, its sequel Advanced ColdFusion Application Development, as well as books on JavaServer Pages, Windows development, mobile computing, and other topics. More than one-quarter million Ben Forta books have been printed in more than a dozen languages worldwide. He writes regular columns on Internet and application development topics and spends a considerable amount of time lecturing and speaking on application development worldwide. Ben welcomes your email at firstname.lastname@example.org and invites you to visit his Web site at http://www.forta.com/.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is a very handy guide to get you up and running quickly
with regular expressions. It's not comprehensive but it's likely to tell you just what you need to know 90% of the time. It quickly, concisely covers the basics: pattern matching for single, multiple, or sets of characters, repeats, certain types of characters such as digits, the nth occurrence, and nesting. The book has examples of everything it covers with a thoughtful analysis.
As a surprise bonus, this book comes with two appendices. It tells you how to use regular expressions in popular tools and languages such as grep, MySQL, and Java. It also gives the pattern matches for common items such as zip codes, phone numbers, IP addresses, e-mails, comments, and credit card numbers. I recommend this book to anyone who ever needs to find a string quickly out of a bunch of text.
Forta covers Regular Expressions in a language and implementation agnostic way; the result is worth reading regardless of the language/platform you use. It's a small, handy manual that makes the power of Regular Expressions accessible to everybody. Heartily recommended!
Most recent customer reviews
Ce livre est d'après moi la meilleure façon d'apprendre à utiliser les expressions régulières. Read morePublished on March 30 2012 by Yuward
Pop open this book and about 2 hours later you'll have regular expressions down. At least, I did! A very helpful chapter on parsing HTML solved an immediate problem I had. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by Frank Cohen
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