Regular Expression Cookbook targets people with regular expression skills ranging from zero to upper intermediate, who want to learn about regular expressions for the first time, or sharpen their skills to become experts. Except for the chapter on programming languages, most of the recipes in the book don’t require programming skills to implement the solutions in EditPad Pro, PowerGREP, or any other text editor or search tool that uses one of the book’s regular expression flavors. The programming chapter assumes you’re familiar with all the basic features and syntax of your programming language, but it doesn't assume you've ever used regular expressions in your source code.
Regular Expression Cookbook is intended to be the most practical book on regular expressions to date, filled with lots of detailed information about flavor-specific and language-specific features or issues glossed over by many other books and online articles. According to readers, it lives up to that promise.
If you've already worked through the regular expressions tutorial on this website, then you won't find anything totally new to you in the tutorial part of Regular Expressions Cookbook, which takes up about 25% of its page count. But you'll still find the other 75% of the book very worthwhile. Regular Expressions Cookbook has a comprehensive set of source code snippets in its programming chapter for all the languages it covers, while this website only has one page for each language. But what you really want to get Regular Expressions Cookbook for is the detailed presentation of regex-based solutions to real-world problems. If you like to learn by doing instead of reading tutorials, Regular Expressions Cookbook is highly recommended.
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