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Posted June 11, 2009
VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Do you regularly work with text on a computer? If you do, then this book is for you! Authors Jan Goyvaerts and Steven Levithan, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you how you can use regular expressions in situations where people with limited regular expressions experience would normally say it can't be done.
Goyvaerts and Levithan, begin by explaining the role of regular expressions and introduce a number of tools that will make it easier to learn, create, and debug them. Next, the authors cover each element and feature of regular expressions, along with important guidelines for effective use. Then, they specify coding techniques and include code listings for using regular expressions in each of the programming languages covered by this book. They continue by focusing on recipes for handling typical user input, such as dates, phone numbers, and postal codes in various countries. Next, the authors explore common text processing tasks, such as checking for lines that contain or fail to contain certain words. Then, they show you how to detect integers, floating-point numbers, and several other formats for this kind of input. The authors continue by showing you how to take apart and manipulate the strings commonly used on the Internet and Windows systems to find things. Finally, the authors cover the manipulation of HTML, XML, comma-separated values (CSV), and INI-style configuration files.
This most excellent book shows you everything you need to know about regular expressions, and then some, regardless of whether you are a programmer. More importantly, if you read this book cover to cover, you'll become a world class chef of regular expressions.
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