My Review of Regular Expressions Cookbook

Originally submitted at O’Reilly

This cookbook provides more than 100 recipes to help you crunch data and manipulate text with regular expressions. With recipes for popular programming languages such as C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and VB.NET, Regular Expressions Cookbook will help you learn powerful …

A Very Handy Addition to my Bookshelf!

By Cyberherbalist from Olympia, WA on 7/17/2012

 

4out of 5

Pros: Helpful examples, Easy to understand, Well Organized, Well-written

Cons: Index could be expanded

Best Uses: Student, Expert, Novice, Intermediate

Describe Yourself: Developer

I got this book hoping to find “recipes” for the various Regex problems I run into in my work, and it has more than fulfilled my expectations. Finding a thankfully clear tutorial on Regexes was an unexpected plus.

A previous reviewer, Steve of Houston, TX, complained about the recipe numbering scheme, like where the text might say “see Recipes 3.15 and 3.16”. He said he couldn’t figure out what these numbers meant or where there was a list of them. What?! Did he actually have a copy of the book in hand? The Table of Contents lists each recipe and gives its title. The format is X.Y, where X is the chapter and Y is the individual recipe. If one is referred to Recipe 2.6, it is child’s play to turn to chapter 2 and find the sixth recipe. They are clearly marked. This is entirely intuitive, and I cannot understand how he could have missed it.

(legalese)

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