Regex Guru

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Welcome to Regex Guru

Filed under: About Regex Guru — Jan Goyvaerts @ 16:59

Hi and welcome to my new blog: Regex Guru.

My name is Jan Goyvaerts. It has been alleged that I know a thing or two about regular expressions. I am the author of and the developer of RegexBuddy and PowerGREP.

I have been blogging for some time, but never about regular expressions. This blog fixes that.

I will continue to expand the site. Tutorial and reference articles will get a temporary place on that site. News articles and information with an expiration date will go on the blog. The blog will also act as a “what’s new” feed for the site. Talk about my own endeavors with regular expressions and updates on RegexBuddy and PowerGREP will also be confined to the blog (and their respective product web sites).

So who should subscribe to this blog? Anyone who wants to learn more about regular expressions! If you’re new to regexes, you should start with my regular expression tutorial. Articles in this blog will assume you’re familiar with all the concepts explained in the tutorial. After that, this blog will keep you up-to-date.

If you’re an expert on regexes, this blog will help you stay on top of your game. Regular expressions are everywhere these days. Though they have been around longer than I have been alive, they continue to evolve. In various inconsistent and confusing ways, I’m sad to say.


  1. I’m looking forward to following this blog. I love working with/parsing text. Quite opposite of most programmers learning Regex, I wanted a vehicle for regular expressions and so started programming/scripting for the web. Your enthusiasm for regular expressions — and obvious understanding of them on a truely Guru level — really shows in the software applications you’ve developed. Not only have you developed two solidly regex based applications, but EditPad Pro’s multiple-line search panel with regex syntax hi-lighting is quite unique. I’ve not yet found any who even try to imitate it.

    You are, indeed, The Regex Guru — and now, you’ve built a platform to speak to your disciples.

    Comment by A. D. — Tuesday, 4 March 2008 @ 19:07

  2. Hey Jan, that’s great! I learned regular expressions via RegexBuddy and… I look forward to learning more.

    Comment by Steven Levithan — Tuesday, 4 March 2008 @ 19:41

  3. great to see this. looking forward to your regex posts so i can test them in my regex buddy [grin]!

    Comment by Mike Amundsen — Tuesday, 4 March 2008 @ 22:57

  4. Hi Jan, really looking forward to the blog. Good luck with it!

    Have you ever come across a library to generate data based on a regular expression? I’m looking for something to plug into an app I’m doing in .Net.

    Comment by Richard Edwards — Thursday, 6 March 2008 @ 20:36

  5. Hello Jan,
    You did it again — another great idea! I just can’t wait for all those tips and hints from The Regex Wizard. Good luck!

    Comment by Euler German — Saturday, 8 March 2008 @ 10:54

  6. Hi.

    Excellent news. Regexes are now a significant tool for me.

    But I still have a LOT to learn.

    With RegexBuddy being such a great tool, it would REALLY nice to have the ability to have something like the “create” tool inline.

    I occasionally answer questions on Experts Exchange ( Whenever I have a Regex question I always try and use Regex’s export to clipboard facility to show the regex to the questioner. Very useful.

    Having a cut down version of the create tool (say just the create window with an explanation of what the regex does sort of thing) would be very useful.

    Anyway. All subscribed and ready to read.

    Best regards,

    Richard Quadling.

    Comment by Richard Quadling — Monday, 17 March 2008 @ 20:39

  7. Thanks for yet another great product!

    Look forward to reading your blog!

    Long-time fan of EditPad, and can’t wait to …find time…to dig deeper into regular expressions using RegexBuddy!

    Have you considered using your product development history as a model a la Joel Spolsky??

    Comment by R. Mullen — Sunday, 30 March 2008 @ 5:48

  8. Good to know that you are blogging Jan! I know you will tackle some brain teasers here :)

    Comment by Tom Pester — Sunday, 30 March 2008 @ 15:22

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