Regular Expressions Cookbook: Detailed Solutions in Eight Programming Languages Paperback – Sept. 18 2012
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- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; Second edition (Sept. 18 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 612 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1449319432
- ISBN-13 : 978-1449319434
- Item weight : 943 g
- Dimensions : 17.78 x 3.28 x 23.34 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #178,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jan Goyvaerts runs Just Great Software, where he designs and develops some of the most popular regular expression software. His products include RegexBuddy, the world's only regular expression editor that emulates the peculiarities of 15 regular expression flavors, and PowerGREP, the most feature-rich grep tool for Microsoft Windows.
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However the others are more focused on various unix/c environments.
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.
Jan Goyvaerts and Steven Levithan have gone above and beyond what I could have hoped for with the Regular Expressions Cookbook from O’Reilly Media. The book guides you with great detail through specific examples ranging from a ground up view of simpler expressions, right though to deep dive samples that are presented not only with great detail, but also by platform to highlight some small but key syntactical differences.
This is not a light read, but for what you get from this book it is worth the time you invest because of the skills that you will walk away with. For newcomers to Regex you will want to dip your toes in the water a bit before you delve into this book. Don’t let the depth of detail overwhelm you. The cookbook delivery is a great way to lead by example through some really great Regex content. This will be a well used book on my bookshelf.
I always strive to get an access to simple, comprehensive, and well explained content related to development. That’s why I pretty much like cookbook style books. This one is such an example. I have found few examples that really cought my attention and were a surprise for me – even though I work with regular expression on day to day basis. However, there are two major issues with the book that may be stoppers for novice developers not familiar with the topic:
- lack of examples for download – if they were available, this would be a great benefit for newcomers. At least some basic examples how to use regular expressions in different languages would highly improve the perception of the content.
- typografic convention used throught the book – in more complex cases it is not possible to copy-paste the regular expressions right into editor. This is due to special characters used in the book to make it easier to read expressions. This can be really painful when you want to check particular recipe.
In my opinion, if you are new to regular expressions, take a look at somethig different. Look out for some sort of introduction to regular expressions instead. On the other hand, if you are working with regular expressions on day to day basis, if you mix various languages during development, this book might be quite handy (even though it is Windows oriented). Great benefit of it is that you get covered eight different standars of regular expressions.
Let me say politically correct – I leave the choice for your consideration.
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El libro se enfoca en darnos "recetas" (de ahí el cookbook) sobre cómo resolver ciertos problemas. Además de incluir la solución para diversos lenguajes, nos provee una basta explicación del por qué la solución funciona.
Sin duda, la mejor ayuda sobre RegEx que recibí.