I recently downloaded the demo version of ByteScout’s PDF text extractor. For most PDF files I tried, the software worked well. Unfortunately, for a series of PDFs central to my application, the PDF author had encoded the files in such a way that the text could not be extracted, so in the end, I couldn’t use the product. But while the ByteScout support agent and I were working through the issue, his attempts to help were simply outstanding. I never waited more than a day or so for a response to an email, and the responses were very detailed, helpful and easy to understand. He provided the kind of support that used to be the standard years ago but that you very seldom get from a vendor today. He even helped me find a workaround that let me accomplish my goals, even though it didn’t require me to purchase his product. If I ever need another product from ByteScout’s offerings, I won’t hesitate to try it based on the support I know I’ll get. — Alan Holbrook
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A regular expression, regex or regexp for short, is considered a special text string that describes a search pattern. A regular expression is sometimes referred to as a pattern as well, but it all concludes in describing a set of strings. Regex is made up with a combination of constants and operator symbols. The constants refer to a certain set of strings, while the operator symbols determine which operations will be applied to said set.
It is used frequently in Java programming but also surfaces in Perl, PHP and much more. These different variations are called syntaxes. The common algorithms used for database or string searching are the “find” and “find and replace” features that all tech savvy and non-tech savvy users know.
With the help of metacharacters and regular characters, a regular expression can get as specific or as general as you need it to be. A regular character is when a character, such as the b, should be taken literally in a search. Meanwhile, a metacharacter has a special meaning that can vary accordingly. Characters known as wildcards can also be applied in the search to match any character, but they are typically used in more complex setups. All meta and regular character syntax were designed to be easy to input via a standard ASCII keyboard.