Review of Regular Expressions Cookbook | By Jan Goyvaerts, Steven Levithan
Posted on August 31, 2012
It is hard to find a concise and easy-to-follow book on this subject, but this book butter’s up the reader sufficiently before diving into recipes, unlike most other cookbooks, which makes it a sort of cross between a primer and recipe book. The book introduces the various tools to work with regEx, before introducing the basic and advanced concepts in the subsequent early chapters. Chapter 3 then embarks on using regular expression within the context of various other scripting languages, in the standard recipe-format most of us are accustomed to.The final chapters then discuss the oddities and work-arounds with various common scenarios, to round off a comprehensive understanding of regular expression.
I have been pleasantly surprised that once you finish the book, you do feel a sense of confidence in tackling regular expression problems, with an aura of better understanding, and the book does provide for the foundations of learning, as well as a book off-the-shelf reference guide afterwards, so it serves as a read-once or read-many times book, which certainly is value for money.
I would therefore recommend this book as an essential artillery in your development arsenal, and I will certainly be revisiting this book in order to hone in on my regular expression skills, as I no doubt encounter the usefulness of this powerful skill in everyday coding situations
Prior Knowledge: None, but if you do have PHP or Perl skills, this will definitely act as a complement to your learning.
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