Wrestling with Regular Expressions

By Blane Warrene

Came across a review at Slashdot that may ease the woes of some developers needing to leverage regular expressions.

Regex is used frequently in url rewriting (among the many ways to use them) and the book includes examples covering a variety of ways to utilize regex – including coverage of additional languages beyond Perl.

According to the review it is laid out in cookbook fashion and easy to track down what web developers may need to resolve an issue.

It does not appear to reach as far into advanced territory as O’Reilly’s Mastering Regular Expressions, but should probably do the trick for what a multitude of developers use regex for.

  • Keith Roberts

    Well – the penny has dropped at long last for me concerning regular expressions.

    Even the name ‘regular expressions’ implies some nasty maths – which is very misleading.

    I think the term ‘regular expressions’ should be re-termed ‘regular string expressions’, or ‘generic string expressions’.

    I would heartily recommend the book by oreilly – Regular Expression Pocket Reference, by Tony Stubblebine ISBN 059600415X. Basically, it is a distillation of the Mastering Regular Expressions book, also by oreilly.

    It costs $12.95, or around

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