A Helpful Resource for Regular Expressions

RegExLibI have been working with regular expressions quite a bit over the last few weeks, and have had numerous occasions when the regex I’m writing doesn’t do what I want it to do.

I would consider myself somewhere between beginner and intermediate when it comes to regexes. I know how to do most simple things, and I understand why a lot of fairly complex regexes are written the way they are. However, when it comes to actually writing complex regexes, I usually find myself forgetting something really simple, or banging my head against the wall over and over again because I can’t figure out the one character I need to add or take out of it.

However, I’ve now found a great resource to help me when I get stuck. The Regular Expression Library is a site completely devoted to regexes. The site has a huge database of user-contributed regexes, along with a cheat sheet, a tester (albeit a tester that only allows you to test javascript or vb.net regexes), a list of other good resources and forums for the discussion of regexes. It really seems to be a one-stop-shop for regular expressions.

New Google Site Offers Tips to Web Developers

GoogleGoogle has unveiled yet another new site in its repertoire. This one, simply called Google Doctype, is a wiki intended to collect any and all Web development tips and tutorials. I found the news in the lifehacker blog.  While the wiki is not nearly as complete as w3schools, it does already include quite a bit of good information. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before it blossoms into a huge resource for Web developers, be they hobbyists or professionals.  You can check out the new site at http://code.google.com/p/doctype/.  The design of the Google Doctype site is still very bland, and I’m not sure if Google has any plans to spruce it up.