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New Benchmarking Features and a New Homepage Design

Today I updated the benchmarking tool in Regex Hero with some new functionality.

There were essentially two things I was looking to accomplish:
  1. Create insight into the benchmarking tool so that developers know exactly what it's doing.
  2. Add the ability to benchmark your regular expression with the IsMatch() function.  IsMatch() simply returns true if your regular expression has even 1 match in the specified string.  As such, it actually stops searching after the first match is found.  In some cases this makes it many times faster than iterating through every match.
So now you'll see some new options to take care of all this...

You can click the Show/Hide benchmarking code button at any point if you want to know exactly what Regex Hero is going to do under every benchmarking loop.  There are effectively 4 different benchmarking modes: 2 modes when the Match tab is selected, 1 mode for Replace, and 1 mode for Split.

Homepage Redesign

And of course I've redesigned the homepage.  It's not too drastic of a departure from the old design.  One problem I wanted to solve was that the Regex Hero character used to point to the big "Regex Hero" title at the top of the page as you see here...



The problem with this was that the Regex Hero title at the top is actually a link back to the homepage.  So if you click it, all you'll see is the page reload.  And I found through Google Analytics there were a good number of people clicking this link from the homepage, suggesting that maybe the chubby pointing finger was influencing where people clicked.

So the new design takes this idea and uses it to point to where you should actually click...


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