Fontstats Plugin

Today I finished a little WordPress plugin I’ve been working on.

It’s a two part plugin, one php script collects data from any Norwegian designer on DaFont by visiting each site, and by the power of Regex-Grayskull it inserts it into a database on my website.

The WordPress plugin then selects the last sampled date and displays it in a HTML-table on any post or page where I insert the registered shortcode.

Here’s the result:

No.DownloadsDesignerDate Sampled
13204091Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2018-05-25
22356081CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2018-05-25
31242945Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2018-05-25
4424680Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2018-05-25
5404124Espen Morten Kvalheim2018-05-25
6314734Martin Holm2018-05-25
7266205Thor Christopher Arisland2018-05-25
8231927Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2018-05-25
9172383211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2018-05-25
1175355Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2018-05-25
1361928huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2018-05-25
1460261Kyrre Honohan2018-05-25
1540380Atle Mo2018-05-25
1635676Erik Jeddere-Fisher2018-05-25
1726757Mark Lund2018-05-25
1919713Kristian Dalen2018-05-25
2019575Erik Holm2018-05-25
2112780Alexander Rossebø2018-05-25
236783Manuela Hardy2018-05-25
246231Mattis Folkestad2018-05-25

Regex 101

Today I received an email from the store I used to work at asking me to make a printer friendly version of an online table of information.

As I learned more about regular expressions from the “INF3331” course I took this fall, solving this problem proved to be way easier than any previous attempts at the likes of it.

At times I’ve thought that regexes are harder to read and debug than ordinary programming languages, but with a good editor like Atom or the regex101 page, it all became a lot less stressful.

As far as editors go, I have to admit that I still use emacs when I’m not using an IDE or GUI-editor.

Note to self about regular expressions.

(.*?) to capture zero or more characters in a non-greedy manner

(?:.*?) for the same grouping without backreferences.

$1 or $[group-number] for backreferences in JavaScript and Atom

\1 or \[group-number] for backreferences in Python, PHP.

Perl and PHP also uses \g1 or \g[group-number] for backreferences.

The following characters need to be escaped in regex:


What week is this?

Today I was a bit impulsive and registered the domain name

Then I made a little php-application showing the day of the week, with the background color calculated using the week number, month and day to create a hex code.

I might even try out some AJAX and jQuery on this page and see if I can make it a little more stylish and interactive.

If you want to check start and end dates of another week number, just add the suffix /[week number] to the URL.

For example, if you want to find information about week number 42, then go to