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Question for Paul Filkin: Is RegexBuddy the best software to get started with regular expressions, with perhaps RegexMagic for shortcuts for entire segments please? I'm looking for the most cost-effective options. Thank you very much for your help. Robert Calkin
Getting RegexBuddy and PowerGrep (same author) has been a game-changer for me, esp. when processing XML files. Before I bought the software I found their tutorial very helpful: https://www…
I think it's a matter of opinion. In my opinion RegexBuddy is the best software available for regular expressions in general supporting more flavours than anything I'm aware of, offering fantastic features to help with my needs and has a fairly responsive forum built i if you need help.
I have tied RegexMagic but I didn't find it very helpful. In particular, as my experience in using regex grew I found RegexMagic a bit clunky. So didn't really use it.
Thank you very much for this. I raised RegexMagic having seen the post from a translator seeking to create regexes for entire segments. Following your advice, I'll go with RegexBuddy and let you know if I have any further queries. I'm also looking to use the Regex Match AutoSuggest Provider as Nora recommends in one video.
Oh, I much prefer regex101.com over RegexBuddy - check it out!
Thanks for your suggestion and taking the time to post it.
There are many good options out there, but I purchased RegexBuddy years ago after Paul suggested it in one of his blog posts, I believe, and the RegexBuddy website has been my main source of information to learn about regular expressions to this date.
As a non-programmer, I think the hardest part for me was figuring out what I needed and what I didn't need for my specific use case, which is using regex in Studio, as the info in most websites is very extensive and includes not only several regex flavors but things and applications that I don't actually need.
If you're just getting started, maybe check out a series of articles I wrote to help colleagues getting started on this path: Regular Expressions for Translators, which you can find on my blog: https://noradiaz.blogspot.com/search?q=regular+expressions+for+translators
Thank you very much Nora for your help with this. I'll get RegexBuddy. I'll check out your link, as that element does concern me, and get back to you/Paul if I have any queries.
Getting RegexBuddy and PowerGrep (same author) has been a game-changer for me, esp. when processing XML files. Before I bought the software I found their tutorial very helpful: https://www.regular-expressions.info/tutorial.html As for online regex checkers, I also like regex101.com, but it does not support the .NET flavor, which is what Studio uses. With RegexBuddy, you can choose the flavor, so working with TermInjector, which uses the somewhat clunky Posix flavor, it's a real help.
If you ever need to batch search, edit or collect data from text files, PowerGrep is what you always dreamt of. It's about the silver bullet unless you want to write your own scripts.
Thanks for your thoughts on this Daniel. I'll certainly get RegexBuddy now and possibly consider PowerGrep if needed in future.
Although RegexBuddy is very powerful, I find its interface overloaded and non-intuitive.
I personally find RegexHero more intuitive, although the analysis provided by RegexBuddy is better, when needed.
Thanks for your suggestions and pointers Anthony.
In addition to Nora's excellent blog, I recently published a cookbook of regex recipes more oriented at tasks typically encountered by translators.