Andrew Watt's book is best choice for beginners but the book only covers the very basics of Regular Expressions.
Jeffrey Friedl's book advances rapidly to a much higher level than Watt's book. But it is not easy reading. You must study it!
Truly for beginners. Beginning Regular Expressionsby Andrew Watt
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 |
REGEX for grown-ups. Mastering Regular Expressionsby Jeffrey Friedl
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 |
There are many more books about Regular Expressions. They could be just as good as the ones I have selected.
Updated 2007-02-16