Very Helpful Once You Get Used To It
I really like this app for building and testing regular expressions. The reference sheet is concise and fairly easy to understand. A few suggestions: 1. Some simple examples would be nice for beginners. 2. A more-apparent “No Matches” indication would be helpful. I’m a beginner and at first my regex’s were wrong but I wasn’t sure the app was actually working or not. 3. Would be great to have a way of keeping a list or library of regex’s that I know actually work within the app. Thank you so much for this app as it is.
Great for testing regex - code snippets extremely buggy
I use patterns to test out my regex expressions pretty much every time I use a regex expression. The copy code snippets tool is occasionally useful, but honestly does not work most of the time. For example, it does not handle named subgroups properly with python, and it always performs the match function rather than search. It might be nice to provide a more robust code snippet tool, because most of the time it is much easier to just write the code manually instead of copy/paste from patterns.
regex field limit too small
I love this app, but almost every time I use it, I run out of room in the regex field. I deal with log files with many fields and I use named groups, so the field fills up pretty fast. I'd like to think that this could be fixed easily, but I fear this project has been abandoned.
It would get 5 stars IF...
It didn’t have a character limit constraint for the regular expression. Yep, I have complicated expressions that exceed the character limit that I was rushing to this app to troubleshoot. Can’t. Please update the app to support like 10,000 character limit or something on regexes or no limit at all. Thanks. Oh! With “Free Spacing”, please allow comments with the # tag and allow the ability that if you paste in a regex when the “Free Spacing” is checked, to paste in with the newlines, spaces, and tabs (whitespace characters) intact instead of interpolating them and adding them as regex special characters \t\s resepectively. Thanks!
The best of them
Simple, functional, and clear.My only problem is that I wish it could remember the previous state when I start it.