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Your Best (Regex) Buddy

February 20th, 2010 1 comment
Name: RegexBuddy
Version Reviewed: 3.4.1
Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7
Price: 39.95 single user license.
Site: http://www.regexbuddy.com/
Good: Decodes regular expressions.
Contextual assist allows building expressions without knowing any syntax.
Supplies access to help forums directly through a tab.
Allows debugging of expressions.
Provides a library of pre-made expressions for all types of data.
Bad: No free trial.

No More Loosing Your Mind

Regular expressions.  The term should fill you with both a magical wonder of one of the most powerful languages in all of code-dom, and an overpowering frost-fingered fear of one of the most complex languages on Earth.  Next to a Hopi Code Talker, a Wizened Old Unix Guru that can spout regex like it was his first languages is one of the most rare (and probably well-paid) individuals in the world.  For us developers that need to use them once in a while, though, winding our way through the syntax is time-consuming and confusing and sometimes doesn’t end well.

I’ve seen several tools over the years to help with the regex syntax, but about a year ago, a friend of mine turned me on to RegexBuddy.  Three seconds later, I owned a license. Read more…