A few years ago, I was thrilled to find out that Steven Levithan had co-authored a book on Regular Expressions. After witnessing his Flagrant Badassery on the topic, I had no doubt that the cookbook would be a must-have reference. In the years since its release, I've given away copies on International Regular Expression Day, handed them out at the CFUG, and lugged about 7 copies with me to Scottland to hand out at the Scotch on the Rocks conference back in 2010. Now, in 2012, I'm excited once again to find out that O'Reilly is releasing a 2nd Edition of the cookbook with over a 100 new pages of regular expression insights.
And, it gets better! Steven is giving away 15 free copies of the newly released 2nd edition over on his blog. You better act fast, though - you only have until the 7th to participate!
I already have my copy and I can't wait to sit down and pour through it. Right now, I've got my nose to the grindstone for some deadlines at work - but, afterwards, hopefully I can participate more actively in spreading the good news!
I have the first edition and it is a very handy reference. I look forward to the new edition. I'll be thrilled to get a free copy of 2nd ed. Thanks for the heads-up on the giveaway.
Regular expression saved me lots of time. I consider one of the most powerful tools for crawling texts.
100% agreed! I learned them years ago to take care of some data-cleaning tasks (converting massive TXT files into normalized CSV files for SQL tasks). Since then, they have been invaluable in making many tasks possible.
Wow ... did you read about Steve's new job! I'd say that's a good indicator you've made it as a developer eh?
Thanks Ben. I won!!!!!! I'm excited to take the book in my hands!!!
I know I read it somewhere, but I can't remember what it is.
Oh heck yeah!!!!!
I love when shipping happens fast!
He got on with 'A little start-up co ...'
Ha ha ha, awesome :D