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RegEx character classes in “Searching | Notepad++ User Manual”

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/02/03

I needed to search for IBAN numbers in documents and used this regular expression: [a-zA-Z]{2}[0-9]{2} ?[a-zA-Z0-9]{4} ?[0-9]{4} ?[0-9]{4} ?[0-9]{2} which supports the usual optional whitespace like in NL12 INGB 0345 6789 01.

It is based on a nice list with table of Notepad++ RegEx character classes supported at [Wayback] Searching | Notepad++ User Manual:

Character Classes
  • [set] ⇒ This indicates a set of characters, for example, [abc] means any of the literal characters ab or c. You can also use ranges by doing a hyphen between characters, for example [a-z] for any character from a to z. You can use a collating sequence in character ranges, like in [[.ch.]-[.ll.]] (these are collating sequence in Spanish).
  • [^set] ⇒ The complement of the characters in the set. For example, [^A-Za-z] means any character except an alphabetic character. Care should be taken with a complement list, as regular expressions are always multi-line, and hence [^ABC]* will match until the first AB or C (or ab or c if match case is off), including any newline characters. To confine the search to a single line, include the newline characters in the exception list, e.g. [^ABC\r\n].

Please note that the complement of a character set is often many more characters than you expect: (?-s)[^x]+ will match 1 or more instances of any non-x character, including newlines: the (?-s) search modifier turns off “dot matches newlines”, but the [^x] is not a dot ., so that class is still allowed to match newlines.

  • [[:name:]] or [[:☒:]] ⇒ The whole character class named name. For many, there is also a single-letter “short” class name, ☒. Please note: the [:name:] and [:☒:] must be inside a character class [...] to have their special meaning.
    short full name description equivalent character class
    alnum letters and digits
    alpha letters
    h blank spacing which is not a line terminator [\t\x20\xA0]
    cntrl control characters [\x00-\x1F\x7F\x81\x8D\x8F\x90\x9D]
    d digit digits
    graph graphical character, so essentially any character except for control chars, \0x7F\x80
    l lower lowercase letters
    print printable characters [\s[:graph:]]
    punct punctuation characters [!"#$%&'()*+,\-./:;<=>?@\[\\\]^_{
    s space whitespace (word or line separator) [\t\n\x0B\f\r\x20\x85\xA0\x{2028}\x{2029}]
    u upper uppercase letters
    unicode any character with code point above 255 [\x{0100}-\x{FFFF}]
    w word word characters [_\d\l\u]
    xdigit hexadecimal digits [0-9A-Fa-f]

    Note that letters include any unicode letters (ASCII letters, accented letters, and letters from a variety of other writing systems); digits include ASCII numeric digits, and anything else in Unicode that’s classified as a digit (like superscript numbers ¹²³…).

    Note that those character class names may be written in upper or lower case without changing the results. So [[:alnum:]] is the same as [[:ALNUM:]] or the mixed-case [[:AlNuM:]].

    As stated earlier, the [:name:] and [:☒:] (note the single brackets) must be a part of a surrounding character class. However, you may combine them inside one character class, such as [_[:d:]x[:upper:]=], which is a character class that would match any digit, any uppercase, the lowercase x, and the literal _ and = characters. These named classes won’t always appear with the double brackets, but they will always be inside of a character class.

    If the [:name:] or [:☒:] are accidentally not contained inside a surrounding character class, they will lose their special meaning. For example, [:upper:] is the character class matching :upe, and r; whereas [[:upper:]] is similar to [A-Z] (plus other unicode uppercase letters)

  • [^[:name:]] or [^[:☒:]] ⇒ The complement of character class named name or ☒ (matching anything not in that named class). This uses the same long names, short names, and rules as mentioned in the previous description.


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Getting the path of an XML node in your code editor

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/27

A few links for my link archive, as I often edit XML files (usually with different extensions than .xml, because historic choices that software development vendors make, which makes it way harder to tell editors “yes, this too is XML).


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A choco install list

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/02/03

Sometimes I forget the choco install mnemonics for various tools, so here is a small list below.

Of course you have to start with an administrative command prompt, and have a basic Chocolatey Installation in place.

If you want to clean cruft:

choco install --yes choco-cleaner

Basic install:

choco install --yes 7zip
choco install --yes everything
choco install --yes notepadplusplus
choco install --yes beyondcompare
choco install --yes git.install --params "/GitAndUnixToolsOnPath /NoGitLfs /SChannel /NoAutoCrlf /WindowsTerminal"
choco install --yes hg
choco install --yes sourcetree
choco install --yes sysinternals

For VMs (pic one):

choco install --yes vmware-tools
choco install --yes virtio-drivers

For browsing (not sure yet about Chrome as that one has a non-admin installer as well):

choco install --yes firefox

For file transfer (though be aware that some versions of Filezilla contained adware):

choco install --yes filezilla
choco install --yes winscp

For coding:

choco install --yes vscode
choco install --yes atom

For SQL server:

choco install --yes sql-server-management-studio

For web development / power user:

choco install --yes fiddler

For SOAP and REST:

choco install --yes soapui

If you don’t like manually downloading SequoiaView at (

choco install --yes windirstat

For drawing, image manipulation ( last, as it needs a UI action):

choco install --yes gimp
choco install --yes imagemagick
choco install --yes

For ISO image mounting in pre Windows 10:

choco install --yes wincdemu

For hard disk management:

choco install --yes hdtune
choco install --yes seatools
choco install --yes speedfan

For Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners (not sure yet this includes PDF support):

choco install --yes scansnapmanager


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PlantUML – Visual Studio Marketplace

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/08/12

This and built-in markdown support made the switch to Visual Studio code from so much easier: [WayBack] PlantUML – Visual Studio Marketplace. was already on my list of tools to say good bye to: though a good project to show the versatility of the Electron Framework, over time – like Google Chrome – it had become a memory and CPU hog and a drag to use and update.

Integrating debuggers and other parts of the development life cycle involved too much fuzz, for which Visual Studio code (also known as vscode) was much easier from the start.

Probably Visual Studio code did not suffer from what the Dutch call Law of the handicap of a head start: it is much more responsive and versatile than Also the plugins – despite having come to the market later – feel way more mature in Visual Studio code than

Finally, the PlantUML support extension for vscode is so much nicer than in, it for instance supports live updating and in addition to local rendering, rendering through a PlantUML server (see [WayBack] GitHub – plantuml/plantuml-server: PlantUML Online Server).

Source code is at [WayBack] GitHub – qjebbs/vscode-plantuml: Rich PlantUML support for Visual Studio Code.

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Omg this is awesome. Synchronize settings etc between Atom installs! …

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/02/27

[WayBack] Omg this is awesome. Synchronize settings etc between Atom installs! – Roderick Gadellaa – Google+

I revisited this and it’s awesome.

Note that – as usual – when you sync settings for packages that have external dependencies, these dependencies depend on your platform of choice.

Which means that if for instance depend on Pandoc and you use both a Mac and Windows, you need Pandoc installations plus all dependencies on those platforms before syncing your settings.


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