New Plugin

Apr 18, 2014
I’ve written a small plugin to overcome my frustrations from using the @FILTER function in TCC. It’s possible no one else finds it frustrating (or possibly no one else uses @FILTER!), but I thought I’d offer it for download in case it’s helpful to other users.

For those not familiar with it, @FILTER extracts the requested characters from the supplied string. For example, to extract just the digits from a string you use it like this:
d:\>echo %@filter[0123456789,ABC123.45abc]

Extracting alphabetic characters requires you to type the entire alphabet twice, once in upper case and once in lower case:
d:\>echo %@filter[ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghujklmnopqrstuvwxyz,ABC123.45abc]

My plugin, called FilterPlus, allows the use of shortcuts to represent some common sequences of characters. To extract just the digits as in the previous example, the shortcut “~d” is available:
d:\>echo %@filter[~d,ABC123.45abc]

and for alphabetic characters ~A means a lot less typing and less chance of a typo:
d:\>echo %@filter[~A,ABC123.45abc]

The other shortcuts available are

~D - extracts digits and the decimal character as defined in the user locale:
d:\>echo %@filter[~D,ABC123.45abc]

~l - extracts lowercase alphabetic characters:
d:\>echo %@filter[~l,ABC123.45abc]

~U - extracts uppercase alphabetic characters:
d:\>echo %@filter[~U,ABC123.45abc]

I’m afraid the plugin is only available as a 64-bit version as I have no longer have any means of testing 32-bit plugins.

If anyone would like to try the plugin it can be downloaded from this dropbox location. If you do find it a useful plugin, please reply in this thread and I’ll ask Rex to add it to those available on the JP Software website.
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