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Text Parsing Book

by micwood (Acolyte)
on Mar 24, 2010 at 20:51 UTC ( #830670=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
micwood has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Can you suggest a good book on text parsing using Perl? I use Perl to search textual records for social science research but i don't use it frequently enough that my skills are always sharp and it would be helpful to have a book with answers on hand. Many thanks, Michael

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Re: Text Parsing Book
by ww (Archbishop) on Mar 24, 2010 at 21:10 UTC

    Given that parsing text is one of Perl's core competencies, that may be a question without a really-good, on-target answer...
          ...or, I may just be iggerant.

    However, for what you've described (at least as I understand it), you may be well served by parts of the "Perl Cookbook" and "Mastering Regular Expressions" (both pub by O'Reilly).

    And if the rust is really heavy (or "free" is really crucial)

      If free is really crucial I strongly suggest checking to see if your institution has any books available online via the library (or even if the local public library does), or if there's a subscription to available. I've found such resources very helpful in multiple areas.

      Swiss Army Nerd
Re: Text Parsing Book
by planetscape (Chancellor) on Mar 24, 2010 at 22:59 UTC

      "Data Munging with Perl" is an excellent book, well worth reading.

      Just a something something...
Re: Text Parsing Book
by metaperl (Curate) on Mar 25, 2010 at 17:56 UTC

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