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X16 Edit - a text editor 0.4.0

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X16 Edit is a text editor for the Commander X16 platform.

Design goals:

  • Use plain text files
  • Store text buffer in banked RAM (512KB to 2 MB) 
  • Handle large texts efficiently
  • Simple modeless user interface inspired by GNU Nano
  • Implement basic editing functions well - refrain from making the program too feature-rich
  • Support both ISO and PETSCII modes

Tested with emulator version r38. Run with the following command:

  • x16emu -sdcard sdcard.img -prg X16EDIT-x.x.x.PRG -run

where x.x.x is the program version.

You can also run the program with the "Try it now" button. There is, however, no attached disk in the online emulator, and consequently you cannot save or open files. Also, some of the Ctrl+key sequences are not working in the online emulator. To fully test the program you still need to download and run it locally.

Please read the attached file romnotes.pdf if you want to try the ROM version.

Source files available at https://github.com/stefan-b-jakobsson/x16-edit

Released under GNU General Public License v 3 or later.

 

 

 

logo.png

 

manual.pdf

romnotes.pdf


What's New in Version 0.1.0   See changelog

Released

New features:

- Copy, cut and paste
- Search and replace
- Go to line number
- Auto indent
- Tab key behavior improved
- Memory usage function shows correct value, as returned by Kernal
  function MEMTOP
- And of coarse, some minor bug fixes

This version suppports almost all features I originally planned for.

Roadmap to version 1.0:

I will try to include a simplified automatic word wrap and support for
PETSCII mode.

Apart from that I will focus on cleaning up and making the code more
efficient and beatiful, fixing bugs, and making the user interface nicer.

If you try the program, please let me know if you encounter bugs. Please, also
let me know if the user interface language could be made clearer or better.�
English is after all a foreign language to me.

Have a great weekend.


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Yes

try_it_start_prg

X16EDIT-0.3.5.PRG

try_it_license

GNU General Public License v 3 or later
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Jakebullet70

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

This could be the beginning of a REAL built in BASIC  programming editor. Very nice work.

Response from the author:

Thanks!

A text editor is a programmer's tool. If the X16 is to become something more than a games console, you must be able to use it for native program development.

The editor could be used for any programming language. A version of Forth (Volksforth) is already published on the site, and it reads source code from text files. The same person is also working on a C compiler that runs natively on the X16, which sounds promising. An assembler that takes text files as input is at the top of my own wish list, much like the Commodore macro assembler I once purchased and used as a teen in the 80s. Editing Basic files is of coarse also very interesting.

Maybe someone out there is interested in writing any of these. If you have a solution, I'm very interested in integrating it with the editor, so that the programs play nicely together.

The new version published today is mostly focused on that kind of integration. The zero page and lower RAM usage has been minimized. The ROM version lets the user set what banks of the banked RAM is used by the editor. And the editor now takes a snapshot on startup of the zero page and lower RAM it uses, so that those memory locations can be restored on program exit.

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evlthecat

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Outstanding editor!  I have been using nano on the command line for years when developing, and this like solution is so intuitive and natural to use.  I will be working on the ROM integration next so

it can be coupled with the cc64 compiler being developed.  Thanks so much for porting to the x16.

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