Media praise for Mastering Regular Expressions

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"Classics are funny things, especially in the world of books. There are books that people say "should' be classics (I'll refrain from mentioning names to protect the pretentious) and then there are books that people are too busy actually using to get around to listing as classics. Mastering Regular Expressions, now in it's third edition, is in the second group. It's one of those books that you see on desks in computer departments the world over. This is a real "doers" book...Nail it to your desk unless you want to be constantly retrieving it from your co-workers. If I might be permitted a Spinal Tap reference, this one goes to eleven. If you ever use regular expressions, are thinking of using regular expressions or are in the same room as a regular expression, then you need this book. "
-- Simon P. Chappell, Slashdot.org

"In sum, let me just say that any developer who finds the need to manipulate text - whether it be scraping a web page, creating a report, importing data, or a hundred other applications, is going to need Regular Expressions. Jeffrey's book provides a complete and mature approach that is fresh, timely and detailed. I would recommend this book for any developer...Highly recommended!"
-- Peter Bromberg, EggheadCafe.com

"This is an impressive book; it's easily the best book I've encountered on regular expressions."
-- George Woolley, Oakland Perl Mongers

"Mastering Regular Expressions is a classic, a treasure, and as essential to your cube as a chair."
-- Will Wagers, CSharp-Online.NET

"I last reviewed this book in early 2005 when it was still in the second edition. But with the release of Jeffrey E. F. Friedl's Mastering Regular Expressions (3rd Edition), I thought it best to give it another look. It's still great, it's still the definitive guide to the subject, and now it gives PHP'ers more to work with...My initial recommendation hasn't changed one bit. If you do anything with regular expressions in your programming, get this book, put your name in it, and don't let others borrow it."
-- Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"The whole book is well worth purchasing and rereading for serious readers of the second edition....Learning about unicode, and more importantly *understanding* the underlying issues--or, at the least, understanding that there ARE issues--absolutely justifies reading the book."
-- Ed Barnard, Marathon Mutimedia

"The book definitely will increase the ease with which we go about doing out regular expression activities on the various language platforms. Also the book can be used as a quick way to get into the learning mode for other languages without going through an elaborate theory routine. Recommended for the thinking users of regular expressions."
-- Ganadeva Bandyopadhyay, Desicritics.org

"If you want a greater understanding of what can be done with regular expressions and how they work then this will be a really useful book for you to read."
-- Stephen Chapman, JavaScript.About.com

"Friedl’s book is very conversational in tone, and he’s great at explaining all the minutia in regular expressions which can positively bite one in the keester...What I find particularly interesting and helpful are the very clear explanations of the differences between the various regex implementations...a vital addition to one’s bookshelf."
-- Jim Holmes, FrazzledDad

"With a topic as muddy and potentially confusing as regex, I was worried that the text would be just as confusing to follow. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The text itself is very well written, and very clear. There was never an instance in which I had trouble comprehending what the author was trying to communicate, and I almost never had to go back and re-read something multiple times to grasp the concept...Overall, this book is nothing short of fantastic. The audience for it is very limited - however, the author manages to make a concept difficult to understand, and even harder to master, easy to read about and learn. Clearly, a lot of thought went into the craft and design of this book, and it shows. I would highly recommend this book to any programmer, system administrator, or computer power user."
-- Marc DeBonis, Virginia Tech Windows Users' Group

"...a classic of its kind. The aim is simple enough--to make regular expressions your friend. No matter what your platform or programming language of choice, Friedl's book is designed not just to get you started, but to set you well on the way to expertise."
-- Pan Pantziarka, Tech Book Report

"Jeffrey Friedl has done an outstanding job of writing a cool book that will interest anyone who has an opportunity to use regular expressions...This most excellent book should expand your understanding, even if you consider yourself an accomplished regular-expression expert. Perhaps more importantly, the book concentrates on mastering a particular implementation!"
-- John Vacca, Amazon.com

"Author Jeffrey Friedl has done an outstanding job of writing a cool book that will interest anyone who has an opportunity to use regular expressions...This most excellent book should expand your understanding, even if you consider yourself an accomplished regular-expression expert. Perhaps more importantly, the book concentrates on mastering a particular implementation!"
-- John Vacca, Amazon.com

"This books takes the reader well beyond that level and explores the many more unusual ways regular expressions can be used. If you don't know what a regular expression is then you have no need for this book, but if you have ever worked with regular expressions then you are in for a treat with this book. I have used them for years and built a whole spam filter system around regular expressions but there is so much more they can do and this book can make you an expert."
-- James A. Cox, Harold's Bookshelf

"You need to go through this to realize what you didn't know and what you should look for. And be assured that there are enough aspects of regualar expressions and their implementations in various languages that you may not know to justify the cost of the book."
-- Pankaj Kumar, Pankaj Kumar's Weblog: Random thoughts, musings, experiences, ideas, and opinions

"At some point, you are going to need to do regular expressions. You could do it by trial and error and reading manuals, but believe me, I've seen a lot of people do that, and it's not pretty. Instead, you should buy this book."
-- Elizabeth Zwicky, ;LOGIN:

"This thorough understanding of the subject combined with ability to succinctly and clearly teach it makes this book a must read for anyone interested in using regular expressions in any capacity."
-- Bob Schriver, Computer Science House

"This book really should be essential reading not just for programmers and web developers, but any one who works in IT or might benefit from the use any kind of scripting / automation."
-- Adam Gomes, Amazon.com



"Nail it to your desk unless you want to be constantly retrieving it from your co-workers. If I might be permitted a Spinal Tap reference, this one goes to eleven. If you ever use regular expressions, are thinking of using regular expressions or are in the same room as a regular expression, then you need this book."
--Simon P. Chappell, Slashdot.org