If you enjoyed using XEDIT on IBM's VM mainframe operating
system, here's a freeware version for Windows. I wrote it for my
own use, not pleased with the lack of REXX as a command language
in all other editors for Windows. - - - Latest changes include a
scrollbar on the right and support for Ascii, Unicode and UTF8.
You may download the .Net 3.5 version (XP, Vista or 7) of
Xedit v 220.127.116.11
or the .NET 4.5 version (win8, 10) Xedit
v 18.104.22.168 (mar 2015). Use it and
distribute is as you like.
In Windows Vista or higher you should grant write permission to
the installation map if you want to add or modify the
Rexx-commands in the installation map. Standard User Account
Protection of Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 moves changed files to
AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files(x86)\XeditPc, and not
everybody always remembers that, when looking for a command-file.
Properties and then security, to modify
access. Alternatively use the REXXPATH variable in the profile.
From Windows 8/10 on, installation is one or two steps more
complicated than Win7: before actually installing, the “security
scan” blocks you. Click on More Info and next on Run
anyway. Sometimes you'll get a second block from SmartScreen,
continue on that one too. Next you get the usual UAC screen, and
clicking continue you enter the install process. See the
screenshots in Xedit Setup in
Windows 8 for the screens I had to go through to install
Xedit has the least possible internal commands. You may extend
the editor by writing your own commands. I think that I provided
for a 95% clone of Xedit, if you forget about the
fullscreen-processing that Xedit allowed you. But as in most
software, any ordinary user does 99% of the work with 25% of the
possibilities in the software! Don't try to recreate CMS's
Filelist: you'll miss all the fullscreen stuff. To show how
little is needed internally, I wrote almost all linecommands for
copy and move in Rexx. So if something is missing, just write it
in Rexx. Or ask me to write it for you!
You may mail me your
new commands (AMBusy at gmail.com; put 'Xedit' in the subject
please), if you think they are useful for others.
a list of commands in HelpXedit.
wish you a pleasant use of this editor.
As early as 1982 I've been using Xedit in the
VM/CMS environment, a relief after having been condemned to use
Edgar for some time previous. Working on a pc with Windows 3, I
first bought SPF/PC (CTC, Command Technology Corporation) it
being as close as possible to Ibm's SPF editor and Xedit. But
with the arrival of Windows 95, and it's long filenames, there
was a need to switch to SPF/SE, also from CTC. Rexx had gone, and
they gave me a clumsy kind of C to write my own commands.
I decided, having some spare time, to write my own Xedit for the
pc, first in VB6, followed by a new release in Visual Studio in
Basic. Guided by my large collection of Xedit-commands for the
Cobol-programmer, my recollection of what Xedit had looked like,
the University of Kentucky's computing Center's XEDIT Reference
and IBM's XEDIT EXTRACT Help Information on the web for the
appearance of Xedit; and Nicklaus Wirth's Algoritms + Data
Structures = Programs for learning how to write an efficient
interpreter for the ReXX language, that I use for user-written
The program can be used to execute a Rexx-file as a
batch file using the (profile option. But the program is designed
for editing. And there's better software for batch available, for
Software, try them if you don't need the editor. They offer
data entry screens for interaction with users. Practically in
terms of IBM's VM/CMS I allow Rexx only for filetype XEDIT, not
for filetype EXEC.