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Hey Max;
does the book give a complete list of all of the regex characters in one place? I read one of the reviews that said it introduced them bit by bit and that was good. Yes, it is good while you're learning. Once you're relatively proficient , however, you need more of a reference than a primer so the complete list becomes much more useful since you don't have to spend your time searching.
I guess another way of asking this is: is this book useful as a Java regex
reference as well as a tutorial?
BTW and off topic - thanks again for all your help in the SCJD forum.
ms
 
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Originally posted by Mike Southgate:
Hey Max;
does the book give a complete list of all of the regex characters in one place? I read one of the reviews that said it introduced them bit by bit and that was good. Yes, it is good while you're learning. Once you're relatively proficient , however, you need more of a reference than a primer so the complete list becomes much more useful since you don't have to spend your time searching.
I guess another way of asking this is: is this book useful as a Java regex
reference as well as a tutorial?
BTW and off topic - thanks again for all your help in the SCJD forum.
ms



Absolutely. App A has pages and pages of exactly that, along with explanations, some of which are paragraphs long. Also, the material is logically grouped, as opposed to simply being thrown at you. Thus, you'll find all of the basic regex material, then compounds, etc.
A pure tutorial book loses it's value pretty quickly, in my opinion. Once you've mastered the basics, I still want to give you plenty of reasons to pull my book of the shelf.
Thus, I provide tons of examples, explaining exactly how the various methods work, what their pet peeves are, and the other practical information that'll make your regex life easier. In all honesty, I feel that I did a better job in this then in my SCJD book, and I liked my SCJD book.


BTW and off topic - thanks again for all your help in the SCJD forum.
ms


Happy to help Mike, though you really did all the hard work: I just kibitzed . Still, I'm really happy that you got it.
Best regards,
M
 
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