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Archive for December, 2014

XSD regular expressions are a tad different: creating GroupProj.xsd

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/12/31

While creating jeroenp / / source / Native / Delphi / Scripts / GroupProj.xsd — Bitbucket, I bumped into the fact that regular expressions in XSD *or better XML Schema Regular Expressions) regular expressions are a tad different than the RegEx.

Actually, there are quite a few regular expression flavours, and all of them are a tad different. The page Compare Regular Expression Flavors at

That is a great site with Regex Tutorial, Examples and Reference – Regexp Patterns by RegEx guru Jan Goyvaerts (yes, that looks Dutch, but he was born in Belgium and now lives in Phuket) famous for tools like PowerGREP and RegExBuddy. All based on the great Delphi RegEx PCRE library written by Jan and included in Delphi XE and up.

The thing that baffled me most is that even though XML Schema Regular Expressions do not support anchors ^ and $, you still have to escape them.


via: XML Schema Regular Expressions.

Posted in Development, RegEx, Software Development, XML/XSD, XSD | 2 Comments »

Delphi memory managers – via Tommi Prami G+

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/12/30

There is a nice Delphi memory thread at G+ initiated by Tommi Prami for which I added some links to the memory managers:

  • FastMM (No signs of the Version 5)
  • ScaleMM – Interesting (two versions)
  • SynScaleMM – Fork of the previous
  • SapMM – Just found out about this, but tries to tackle multithreading issue.

More interesting comments (most people seem to favour FastMM, as they can get very good performance out of it even in multi-threaded environments) at There have not been much of the Talk of MemoryManagers lately….

Note there is also TBBMM based on TBB, but it seems unmaintained.

Barry Kelly’s memory manager is based on Boehm-Demers-Weiser GC.


Posted in Delphi, Delphi 2007, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Development, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

Tools to generate sample data from regeX expressions (via: Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/12/30

Thanks DD59 for posting these interesting links:

I like the name `Xeger`.


via: xml – Generate a valid example value for a xs:pattern – Stack Overflow.

Posted in .NET, Development, Java, RegEx, Software Development, Visual Studio and tools | Leave a Comment »

EveryTimeZone: The visualization of Time Zones done right.

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/12/29

Ever got your mind into a headache state because of time zone calculations?

Then is for you: the best visualization of time zones I’ve ever seen.

Makes it easy to schedule meetings, or be on-time for a webinar organized anywhere in the world.

Or to say “happy new year” just in time for your friends a few continents apart.


via: Time Zones.

Posted in LifeHacker, Power User | 1 Comment »

em-dosbox: Internet Archive port of DOSBOX in your Browser. Each New Boot a Miracle « ASCII by Jason Scott

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/12/27

Wow. Just wow. DOSBOX in a web browser.

Read this: Each New Boot a Miracle « ASCII by Jason Scott.

Then play with this: dreamlayers/em-dosbox or the integrated version here:


Posted in LifeHacker, MS-DOS, Power User | Leave a Comment »

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