Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 30th Jul 2006 20:57 UTC
.NET (dotGNU too) Regardless of what type of data you're working with or what kind of application you're creating, you will undoubtedly need to work with strings. No matter how the data is stored, the end user always deals in human-readable text. As such, knowing how to work with strings is part of the essential knowledge that any .NET developer needs to make rich and compelling applications. In addition to showing you how to work with strings in the .NET Framework, this chapter will also introduce you to regular expressions. Also, Jeff Cogswell explains how to use regular expressions to simplify and enhance the power of your programmatic string searching, matching, and replacing.
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nice prose version of reference docs
by butters on Mon 31st Jul 2006 17:41 UTC
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As much as reference documentation is concise and complete, many people refuse to read it. These people want the same information rewritten in the form of book, so here you have it. This is the new trend in technical documentation: copy/paste the reference docs, put transitional sentences between the sections, and add synthetic code examples that use the functionality.

On the topic, I just find C#'s string functionality to be a little clunky, especially format strings and the StringBuilder class. I'd much rather use IronPython for text processing tasks in .NET.

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