Mastering Regular Expressions (3rd Edition) by Jeffrey E. F. Friedl

By Jeffrey E. F. Friedl

Regular expressions are a very robust software for manipulating textual content and knowledge. they're now average positive aspects in quite a lot of languages and well known instruments, together with Perl, Python, Ruby, Java, VB.NET and C# (and any language utilizing the .NET Framework), Hypertext Preprocessor, and MySQL.

in the event you don't use ordinary expressions but, you can find during this ebook a complete new global of mastery over your info. if you happen to already use them, you'll enjoy this book's exceptional aspect and breadth of insurance. when you imagine you recognize all you want to find out about commonplace expressions, this ebook is a gorgeous eye-opener.

As this e-book exhibits, a command of normal expressions is a useful ability. standard expressions let you code advanced and sophisticated textual content processing that you simply by no means imagined can be computerized. ordinary expressions can prevent time and aggravation. they are often used to craft dependent suggestions to quite a lot of difficulties. as soon as you've mastered usual expressions, they'll turn into a useful a part of your toolkit. you'll ask yourself the way you ever acquired through with no them.

but regardless of their large availability, flexibility, and unprecedented strength, commonplace expressions are usually underutilized. but what's energy within the arms of knowledgeable could be fraught with peril for the unwary. Mastering average Expressions may help you navigate the minefield to changing into a professional and assist you optimize your use of normal expressions.

Mastering normal Expressions, 3rd version, now encompasses a complete bankruptcy dedicated to Hypertext Preprocessor and its strong and expressive suite of normal expression features, as well as stronger Hypertext Preprocessor insurance within the relevant "core" chapters. additionally, this version has been up-to-date all through to mirror advances in different languages, together with accelerated in-depth insurance of Sun's java.util.regex package deal, which has emerged because the ordinary Java regex implementation.Topics include:
* A comparability of beneficial properties between varied types of many languages and tools
* How the standard expression engine works
* Optimization (major rate reductions on hand here!)
* Matching simply what you will want, yet no longer what you don't want
* Sections and chapters on person languages

Written within the lucid, interesting tone that makes a fancy, dry subject turn into crystal-clear to programmers, and sprinkled with recommendations to complicated real-world difficulties, Mastering commonplace Expressions, 3rd version deals a wealth details so you might positioned to speedy use.

Reviews of this new version and the second one edition:

"There isn't a greater (or extra invaluable) publication to be had on average expressions."

--Zak Greant, dealing with Director, eZ Systems

"A actual tour-de-force of a ebook which not just covers the mechanics of regexes in impressive element but additionally talks approximately potency and using regexes in Perl, Java, and .NET...If you utilize usual expressions as a part of your expert paintings (even in the event you have already got an outstanding ebook on no matter what language you're programming in) i might strongly suggest this booklet to you."

--Dr. Chris Brown, Linux Format

"The writer does a great activity prime the reader from regex beginner to grasp. The e-book is intensely effortless to learn and chock filled with invaluable and proper examples...Regular expressions are worthwhile instruments that each developer must have of their toolbox. Mastering typical Expressions is the definitive advisor to the topic, and a very good source that belongs on each programmer's bookshelf. Ten out of Ten Horseshoes."

--Jason Menard, Java Ranch

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In addition, many editors are able to provide extra functionality, such as reliable code completion or the ability to jump to the definition of a class if normal imports are used. The import * syntax usually completely destroys their ability to do this reliably. Finally, using the import * syntax can bring unexpected objects into our local namespace. Sure, it will import all the classes and functions defined in the module being imported from, but it will also import any classes or modules that were themselves imported into that file!

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