Jesper Tverskov, February 16, 2007

Regular Expressions Book List

Truly for beginners.

Beginning Regular Expressions

by Andrew Watt

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: WROX (February 4, 2005), WROX
  • ISBN-10: 0764574892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764574894

It is not possible to make a better book about Regular Expressions for beginners. The examples are so detailed that you don't need to make them on a computer! Excellent advise for beginners.

But it is not an exaggeration to state that the core of Andrew Watt's book is covered in the first chapter of Jeffrey's. The first book is for beginners the second for people knowing some REGEX already or if you find the subject easy.

Review: 2007-02-16

Andrew Watt, Beginning Regular Expressions

REGEX for grown-ups.

Mastering Regular Expressions

by Jeffrey Friedl

  • Paperback: 515 pages
  • O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (August 8, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0596528124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596528126

This great book has for a long time been the book about Regular Expressions. It is now out in its third edition. My review is based on the second. Jeffrey is not easy. You can't just skim or read the book you must study it. Think of Jeffrey's book as advanced level or if you have a natural talent for the subject.

Jeffrey's and Andrew's book share one problem. Half of both books are about REGEX implementation flavors in different software and programming languages. Somehow wasted if you don't use those implementations but you would likewise miss those chapters if they were not part of the book.

Review: 2007-02-16

Jeffrey Fried, Mastering Regular Expressions

There are many more books about Regular Expressions. They could be just as good as the ones I have selected.

Updated 2007-02-16