Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer

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Uncle_James

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Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:27:49 AM »
Hello All;

I have been testing out the trial version of A1 Website Analyzer the past few days.  I really like the product and am considering purchasing the product.

That being said, the search custom string function is extremely important to me and my tasks.  I have been able to figure out SOME of the code to wrote my own search strings, but I cannot seem to figure out what language or code those strings are written in.

Is their a term glossary or reference available for me to reference when writing my own strings? Having this available would help me tremendously.  If I can get my search strings working to my liking I would gladly buy this product.

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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2012, 09:08:34 PM »
The language is the most common functionality found in most regular expressions implementations


I will try add more examples and explanations to the the help page:
http://www.microsystools.com/products/website-analyzer/help/custom-search-website/

You can also email directly:
http://www.microsystools.com/home/contact.php

or ask here if you have specific things you have troubles getting to work.





« Last Edit: September 13, 2012, 09:10:09 PM by Webhelpforums »
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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2012, 09:21:12 AM »
That's exactly what I was looking for. 

After reading "Regular Expression" I had a "D'oh" moment.  I should have been able to figure that out, but didn't.

In any case, Thank you!  That information helped immensely.

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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2012, 11:47:04 AM »
Notice the leading
"name="
(without quotes)


If you check the help, you can see that the "Google Analytics" regex has "ga=" (without quotes) infront and the email regex has "em=" (without quotes) in front. (This way, you can post-scan see on which pages a certain string/text/code was found)
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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2012, 01:57:28 PM »
I noticed that functionality right away.  It is the reason I am seriously considering buying this product.

The flagging/counts of the search strings on the Analyze page will save hours of time compiling and sorting data.

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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2012, 05:48:32 PM »
Thanks to the information you provided I have been able to start catching up on my Regex skills.

I have been able to write and test many of search strings I will need to utilize if and when I buy this program.  However, I am having the most trouble writing a simple string to locate specific text within the entire source code of a page/site.

I would like to locate every instance of a simple text string anywhere in my site's source code, whether part of tag, URL, viewable text, etc.   

For example, I would like to locate every instance of the word "Apple" regardless of whether it appears in a link "http://www.apple.com", or in site text "The Apple fell," or in a random string, "xx12ahgAppleuious;coj."

It seems like it should be a simple task, and something most Regex engines navigate naturally with minimal scripting.  However, I am having a hard time navigating this simple task within the Analyzer search engine.   (And yet I wrote some very complicated search strings that work perfectly for my other tasks).

Any help anyone can provide would be great. 

I have been extremely impressed with the product so far.

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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2012, 07:00:49 AM »
Glad to hear you like the product ;)


Just email your current project to
http://www.microsystools.com/home/contact.php
including what is dfficult to find, and I will take a look :)

Have you tried:
(a|A)pple
?


Note:
The URL paths themselves aren't matched against, but I could add support for it?

However:
Note that you can use the quick filtering provided after website scan to quickly filter the visible URLs
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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2012, 09:31:58 AM »
That worked!

I should have tried that previously.  Simple solution and another "D'oh" moment, but somewhat justified.  For whatever reason I cannot locate an exact case match, but adding in the (a|A) and it worked just fine. 

A bizarre circumstance I cannot figure out myself, but we found a solution.

Anyway, Thank you for your help.  I will continue testing out your product but currently I am planning on purchasing at the expiration of of the trial period.

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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2012, 09:55:02 AM »
And now my original case specific search string is working.  How bizarre.

In any case, thank you for all your assistance.

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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2012, 08:17:12 PM »
Glad to hear you got it working :) If you encounter any other and/or related troubles, be sure to write again!
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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2012, 10:54:04 PM »
Will there be a version that executes a regular expression after another expression ran
And also are regular expression  case insenstive by default

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Re: Custom string search in A1 Website Analyzer
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2012, 01:03:50 PM »
Hi developer0001,

Assuming you are talking about the custom text search, I guess an option should be added for case sensitive or not.

That would work well in combination with code like
Code: [Select]
[a-zA-Z]
Code: [Select]
[a-z]
Code: [Select]
[A-Z]

Currently the custom search is case-insensitive.

You can add multiple searches (regular expressions) by using the [ + ] button

(You can not make then dependent on each another.)
« Last Edit: December 01, 2012, 01:09:53 PM by Webhelpforums »
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