Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Search functionality in Textpad and EditPlus

A lot of people use text editors such as Textpad and EditPlus. My favourite is Textpad; it can handle large files and also has a very good interface.

Many times we need to search for muliple words in a line. For e.g. in a log file, search for all lines having words 'abc' and 'xyz' on a single line. Using the regular expression search facility available in these editors, this task becomes a piece of cake.

RegEx for the above task: abc.*xyz
We can keep on adding more words - abc.*xyz.*123

A simple feature, but very powerful while analysing logs etc.