Publisher: O'Reilly, 1997, 342 pages
Regular expressions are a powerful tool for manipulating text and data. If you don't use them yet, you will discover in this book a whole new world of mastery over your data. With its unprecedented detail and breadth of coverage, this book will be an eye-opener even for the grizzled expert. If you already use them, you'll appreciate this book's unprecedented detail and breadth of coverage.
With regular expressions, you can save yourself time and aggravation while dealing with documents, mail messages, log files — you name it — any type of text or data. For example, regular expressions can play a vital role in constructing a World Wide Web CGI script, which can involve text and data of all sorts.
Regular expressions are not a tool in and of themselves, but are included as part of a larger utility. The classic example is grep. These days, regular expressions can be found everywhere, such as in:
There can be certain subtle, but valuable, ways to think when you're using regular expressions. In this book, Jeffrey Friedl leads you through the steps of knowing exactly how to craft a regular expression to get the job done.
Regular expressions are not used in a vacuum. In this book, a variety of tools are examined and used in an extensive array of examples Perl, in particular, very well represented throughout the book, with a major chapter dedicated entirely to it alone. Perl is extremely well endowed with rich and expressive regular expressions. Yet what is power in the hands of an expert can be fraught with peril for the unwary. This book will help you navigate the minefield to becoming an expert.
I wish I had had this book a bit earlier, like 20 years ago…
Mandatory reading if you're into computers.