Sebastopol, CA--Regular expressions are an extremely powerful tool for
manipulating text and data. They've spread like wildfire in recent
years; regular expressions are now offered as standard features in
Perl, Java, VB.NET, and C# (and any language using the .NET Framework).
If you don't use them yet, O'Reilly's new edition of Mastering Regular
Expressions (Friedl, $39.95) might be well worth a look.
"When the first edition of 'Mastering Regular Expressions' came out,
it became an instant hit," says O'Reilly editor Andy Oram. "The Perl
community (where regular expressions had taken hold most strongly at
the time) treated Friedl as a hero. His talk at the first O'Reilly Perl
Conference filled a large hall right up to the back doors. We sold out
of all copies of his book at the conference. Not only Friedl's book but
regular expressions themselves have marched to commanding heights that
no other language can point to. Originally marginal outside of Perl and
a few old Unix tools, regular expressions now appear as standard
offerings in virtually every modern language--including the .NET
framework, Java, Python, and PHP--and turn up as conveniences in major
utilities such as the Apache web server, the MySQL database engine, and
the Postfix and Exim mail transfer agents."
In spite of their wide availability, flexibility, and unparalleled
power, regular expressions are frequently underutilized. Regular
expressions allow you to code complex and subtle text processing that
you never imagined could be automated.
Jeffrey Friedl's "Mastering Regular Expressions" shows exactly how to
use a regular expression to describe and parse text. Once you've
mastered regular expressions, they'll become an invaluable part of your
toolkit. You'll wonder how you ever got by without them. If you already
use regular expressions, you'll appreciate Friedl's unprecedented
detail and breadth of coverage.
Although the new edition of "Mastering Regular Expressions" still
boasts the lucid, entertaining tone that made a complex, dry topic
crystal-clear to thousands of programmers, it has been thoroughly
updated to include all the new features of Perl, as well as several
.NET. Sprinkled with solutions to complex real-world problems,
"Mastering Regular Expressions" offers a wealth of information that you
can put to immediate use. If you think you already know all you need to
know about regular expressions, this book is an eye-opener.
What critics said about the first edition:
"There's no better resource than Jeffrey Friedl's 'Mastering Regular
Expressions'--a great source of sample expressions and detailed
explanations of how regular expressions work their magic."
--Jason Snell, MacWorld
"This book is important because regex is so intimidating, and Friedl
makes it much easier to understand. Many programmers don't use the
regex available in their development tools. Chances are, regex will
save you a lot of time when you find yourself stuck with a pile of
someone else's source code that you need to maintain. If you're just
getting started with regex, this book will save you a lot of time (and
grief). If you are already using regex, you will extend your ability
--Dr. Dobbs Journal
"'Mastering Regular Expressions' is a superior book. Friedl has
produced a current, well-written, precise addition to the O'Reilly
repertoire, with a volume completely devoted to text and data
manipulation...I highly recommend it for anyone and everyone involved
with regular expression manipulation."
--Sys Admin Magazine
"A stupendous tour de force of all aspects of pattern matching. With
an impeccable eye to the tiniest significant detail, the author covers
topics ranging from the subtle differences among NFA, DFA, and POSIX
NFA matching behaviors to the practical distinctions of how varying
versions of grep, sed, awk, emacs, tcl, Python, and Perl behave. The
author at all times connects theory to practical application of this
knowledge in daily programming."
Mastering Regular Expressions, 2nd Edition
By Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
ISBN 0-596-00289-0, 484 pages, $39.95 (US) $61.95 (CAN)