The Regulator regulator expression tool

The regulator is a great tool for building and testing regular expressions that I have been using for many years now. I know I should move on (see end of post), however it is familiar and does what I need.

Problem starting TheRegulator

Sometimes when it is not closed correctly it can stop working on start up. The form Ctor fails. The exception is something like, “

"Application has generated an exception that could not be handled.”

If this happens navigate to the application directory and remove the settings file in the application directory and all will be well again. A new settings file will be created.

This is a common problem I have with settings files myself. They can cause the application to fail at start up if they get corrupted, that is surprisingly common with workers wanting to get home quicker by turning off the PC before it has finished shutdown.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/regulator/

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The developer community seem to like http://www.regexbuddy.com/

This is a paid for app unlike The Regulator. RegexBuddy gets good things said about it though.

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