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Expressions, Patterns & Regex101 Make Writing Regular Expressions Easy and Fun

In my post about using regular expressions to find matches in a text file, I promised to tell you about the two applications I used to help me write my regex. By the way, Regex is what the cool kids call Regular Expressions.

Let’s state the problem to be solved first. If you have a text file where you want to change something that’s repeated throughout the file, it’s pretty easy to do a search/change all. We do it all the time in text editors. But what if you have a text file that is repeatedly generated and always has the same thing wrong with it? Maybe it’s a date in the wrong format. Or maybe an online system hasn’t been updated with your new company name. Or what if instead of changing the text, you just need to know what the text actually says? Let’s say it’s a date in a document and you want to write a script to change the name of the document to include the date? All of these examples are a great place to try out regex.

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CCATP #499 – Joe Dugandzic on Illustrated HomeKit Product Guide

I asked the fabulous Joe Dugandzic to come back on the show to talk us through the comprehensive HomeKit compatible product guide he created. For a long time there weren’t a lot of HomeKit devices to enjoy but now that the market is filling up, having a really well organized page with all of the options is very valuable.

Joe has organized the page into categories rather than by vendor. He’s got lighting, outlets and sockets, wall dimmers & switches, security devices like locks and cameras, thermostats, ceiling fans and shades, fire and smoke detectors, specialized sensors like for air quality and water leaks, sand even smart buttons (which I think are dumb actually).

If you’re not of the HomeKit persuasion, every device on his site has a code for whether it’s also compatible with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and he designates if it works in countries with 240 volt power or just 120. He also links to any video reviews he’s done on his YouTube channel at YouTube.com/smarterhomelife. With all this to go through, it’s a long show because I asked so many questions of Joe!

Check out the Illustrated HomeKit Product Guide at smarterhomelife.com/… and you can follow Joe on Twitter at @smarterhomelife.


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NC #641 Automation Madness, Podfeet iMessage Stickers, Security Bits

Allister Jenks has created new and improved Podfeet stickers for iMessage. I’ll tell you how obsessed I’ve become with automation from AppleScript to Workflow to Keyboard Maestro. Then Bart is back with Security Bits where he’ll regale us with news and things to watch out for, and tell us whether we’re at the end of times because of recent research into DNA and computer code.

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I Want to Automate ALL the Things

The CMD-D Conference infected me with the desire to automate everything. I’m pretty sure that was their evil plan all along. In this article I’m going to talk about one quick thing I did in AppleScript in the finder, then tell what I hope is an interesting story of discovery in AppleScript for Photos, then I’ll talk about what I want to do in the future on iOS in Workflow and Keyboard Maestro on the Mac. I’m telling you, I’ve descended into madness!
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CMD-D | Masters of Automation with Sal Soghoian

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This week Steve and I attended, and I spoke at the CMD-D Conference, created by Sal Soghoian. Sal was responsible for all Automation at Apple for many years. His team managed AppleScript, Automaton, and Terminal. Pretty much all the coolest stuff at Apple.

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