In the thousands of posts and many years I've had this blog, I've only ever mentioned my Mastering Regular Expressions book a few times, most recently perhaps six years ago when I announced that the third edition was complete and available.
For those not steeped in computer science, despite the linguistic feel to the name, it's a computer book about a very thin slice of text-processing technology of interest to a certain kind of programmer.
I don't generally mention it here because this blog is about me, and not about artificially fanning sales for something I did; I want the book to do well because folks that might find it useful actually find it useful. I guess I want it to do however well it does organically.
The book has been well received these last 14 years, through three editions, and currently enjoys an excellent 4.5-star rating at Amazon.com, and 5-star ratings everywhere else I can find a rating online, such as in Germany, Japan, Korea, and Poland (though that last one seems to be out of a possible six). Besides those translations, it's also been translated into at least Chinese, French, and Russian, though I can't find ratings for those. The publisher doesn't tell me when they contract a new translation, so for all I know it's expanded further since I last checked several years ago.
They also didn't tell me when they made an e-book version, but they apparently have because I've heard that the e-book version is currently on sale for half off along with other regex-related books at the publisher, O'Reilly Media.
They asked me to help spread the word, and I figure that having written a technical best-seller that has stood the test of time garners me the right to toot my own horn once a decade, so here's this decade's toot: “regex e-books at O'Reilly half off until September 4th”.