Regular Expression Plugin questions

I'm putting together another release of the RegexPlugin and wanted to
get some feedback about what it might be missing. I figured that with
over 650 downloads there must be some opinions out there but aside from
the upload notices, there's very little noise about it (which may be a
good thing).

I guess I'm trying to see what I can do to improve it.

Are folks actually finding it useful? Did most of those 600 download it,
install it and then take a look at it, decide that it was too confusing
and then uninstall it?

Would better help be worth it, or are the folks who use it already
pretty familiar with the subject? Perhaps help on how to use the tool
rather than just a regular expression reference would be useful.

Would some examples help?

Etc.

Right now I've been working on:

  • Making it work as a stand alone app for some of our support guys.

  • Adding translation support (strings to resources, etc.)

  • Tooltips for all the buttons etc.

  • Working on the help a bit. I know that there's a gap here, but it

could go in many different directions and I'm still unclear what the
target here is.

Any thoughts?

Guy

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On Sat, 24 Jan 2004 13:21:26 -0800, Guy Gascoigne-Piggford wrote:

I guess I'm trying to see what I can do to improve it.


Use it often and love it, I think there were a few niggly things that
irked me, but I can't think of them off hand.

One thing I was wondering, which regex engine does it use? 1.4's? I'm
trying to use it and whenever I trhy using groups I get errors all over
the place extracting the group :( grr.

Are folks actually finding it useful? Did most of those 600 download it,
install it and then take a look at it, decide that it was too confusing
and then uninstall it?


The inteface looks a little cluttered is all I can think of off hand, but
not cluttered when you look at what each thing is.

Would better help be worth it, or are the folks who use it already
pretty familiar with the subject? Perhaps help on how to use the tool
rather than just a regular expression reference would be useful.


I was thinking what could be cool was having a code generator included,
that helped getting the regex you've edited/tested into working code.

Maybe an intention action that, when you cursor over a line of code
containing a regex, prompts to use that regex in the plugin ( handy for
debugging maybe...


Mark

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Mark Derricutt wrote:

On Sat, 24 Jan 2004 13:21:26 -0800, Guy Gascoigne-Piggford wrote:

>>I guess I'm trying to see what I can do to improve it.


Use it often and love it, I think there were a few niggly things that
irked me, but I can't think of them off hand.


Like the initial splitter placement, it's very ugly, but I keep
forgetting about it since it persists.

One thing I was wondering, which regex engine does it use? 1.4's? I'm
trying to use it and whenever I trhy using groups I get errors all over
the place extracting the group :( grr.


It uses he Java 1.4 Regex engine. My guess at the problem you're seeing
is that when you are copying your expression from the tool to the code
you're not correctly escaping various characters correctly.

That's what the two rather badly explained buttons do.

The regex->clipboard will take your regex and basically convert it into
a java string declaration with all of the appropriate quating. The
clipboard to regex does the reverse.

>>Are folks actually finding it useful? Did most of those 600 download it,
>>install it and then take a look at it, decide that it was too confusing
>>and then uninstall it?


The inteface looks a little cluttered is all I can think of off hand, but
not cluttered when you look at what each thing is.


I know, I'm open to suggestions as to how to make it less busy, but I've
not really come up with anything better than the current one. I usually
just close the replacement pane and this keeps it a bit less cluttered,
but isn't really a good solution.

>>Would better help be worth it, or are the folks who use it already
>>pretty familiar with the subject? Perhaps help on how to use the tool
>>rather than just a regular expression reference would be useful.


I was thinking what could be cool was having a code generator included,
that helped getting the regex you've edited/tested into working code.


Nice, the two buttons help I think, but actually templating out more of
the code might be a really nice option.

Maybe an intention action that, when you cursor over a line of code
containing a regex, prompts to use that regex in the plugin ( handy for
debugging maybe...


I'd actually wondered about that myself, but didn't know how to do it.
I guess I need to look at the apis a bit more thoroughly :)

Guy

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I use it sometimes... (every time i use regex ;).

I doen't understand the plugin really, but I don't care. I can use it ;)

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Hey as long as it works :)

Johannes Schneider wrote:

I use it sometimes... (every time i use regex ;).

I doen't understand the plugin really, but I don't care. I can use it ;)

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