Scripting and automation tasks often need to extract particular portions of text from input data or modify them from one format to another.
The book heavily leans on examples to present features of regular expressions one by one. It is recommended that you manually type each example and experiment with them.
Exercises are included to test your understanding. Reference solutions are also provided.
You are also expected to get comfortable with reading documentation, searching online, visiting external links provided for further reading, tinkering with illustrated examples, asking for help when you are stuck and so on. In other words, be proactive and curious instead of just consuming the content passively.
Literally was having a mini-breakdown about not understanding Regex in algorithm solutions the other day and now I'm feeling so much better, so thank YOU!
I genuinely feel like I'm developing the skill for spotting when and where to use them after so much practice! — feedback on twitter
For a preview of the book, see sample chapters on GitHub.
Visit https://github.com/learnbyexample/learn_js_regexp for markdown source, example files, exercise solutions and other details related to the book.
- Why is it needed?
- RegExp introduction
- Alternation and Grouping
- Escaping metacharacters
- Dot metacharacter and Quantifiers
- Interlude: Tools for debugging and visualization
- Working with matched portions
- Character class
- Groupings and backreferences
- Interlude: Common tasks
- Further Reading
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