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Publisher Comments:

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, Python, Ruby, Java, VB.NET and C# (and any language using the .NET Framework), PHP, and MySQL.

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. If you think you know all you need to know about regularexpressions, this book is a stunning eye-opener.

As this book shows, a command of regular expressions is an invaluable skill. Regular expressions allow you to code complex and subtle text processing that you never imagined could be automated. Regular expressions can save you time and aggravation. They can be used to craft elegant solutions to a wide range of problems. Once you've mastered regular expressions, they'll become an invaluable part of your toolkit. You will wonder how you ever got by without them.

Yet despite their wide availability, flexibility, and unparalleled power, regular expressions are frequently underutilized. Yet what is power in the hands of an expert can be fraught with peril for the unwary. Mastering Regular Expressions will help you navigate the minefield to becoming an expert and help you optimize your use of regular expressions.

Mastering Regular Expressions, Third Edition, now includes a full chapter devoted to PHP and its powerful and expressive suite of regular expression functions, in addition to enhanced PHP coverage in the central "core" chapters. Furthermore, this edition has been updated throughout to reflect advances in other languages, including expanded in-depth coverage of Sun's java.util.regex package, which has emerged as the standard Java regex implementation.Topics include:

  • A comparison of features among different versions of many languages and tools
  • How the regular expression engine works
  • Optimization (major savings available here!)
  • Matching just what you want, but not what you don't want
  • Sections and chapters on individual languages

Written in the lucid, entertaining tone that makes a complex, dry topic become crystal-clear to programmers, and sprinkled with solutions to complex real-world problems, Mastering Regular Expressions, Third Edition offers a wealth information that you can put to immediateuse.

Reviews of this new edition and the second edition:

"There isn't a better (or more useful) book available on regular expressions."

--Zak Greant, Managing Director, eZ Systems

"A real tour-de-force of a book which not only covers the mechanics of regexes in extraordinary detail but also talks about efficiency and the use of regexes in Perl, Java, and .NET...If you use regular expressions as part of your professional work (even if you already have a good book on whatever language you're programming in) I would strongly recommend this book to you."

--Dr. Chris Brown, Linux Format

"The author does an outstanding job leading the reader from regexnovice to master. The book is extremely easy to read and chock full ofuseful and relevant examples...Regular expressions are valuable toolsthat every developer should have in their toolbox. Mastering RegularExpressions is the definitive guide to the subject, and an outstandingresource that belongs on every programmer's bookshelf. Ten out of TenHorseshoes."

--Jason Menard, Java Ranch

Book News Annotation:

Intended for experienced programmers, this reference explains how regular expression engines work, describes the advanced expressive powers of metacharacters, and examines the efficiency ramifications of the regular expressions available to most programming languages. The third edition covers Java 1.6 and adds a closing chapter on PHP.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Intended for experienced programmers, this reference explains how regular expression engines work, describes the advanced expressive powers of metacharacters, and examines the efficiency ramifications of the regular expressions available to most programming languages. The third edition covers Java 1.6 and adds a closing chapter on PHP. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This updated third edition now includes a full chapter devoted to PHP and itspowerful and expressive suite of regular expression functions, in addition toenhanced PHP coverage in the central "core" chapters.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596528126
Author:
Friedl, Jeffrey
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Author:
Friedl, Jeffrey E. F.
Subject:
Programming Languages - C
Subject:
Programming - Object Oriented Programming
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Electronic data processing
Subject:
Programming languages (electronic computers)
Subject:
Text processing (computer science)
Subject:
Perl (computer program language)
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Programming / Object Oriented
Subject:
Software Engineering-Object Oriented Programming
Subject:
.NET;C#;Java;MySQL;PHP;Perl;Python;Ruby;VB.NET;regex;regexp;regular expression
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Third Edition
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.2 x 7 x 1.3 in 1.68 lb

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