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.
XP users may download Xedit
v 18.104.22.168 for .NET framework 3.5 and Vista, W7 or W8 users
Xedit v 22.214.171.124 for .NET
framework 4.5 (june 2014). Use it and distribute is as you like.
Windows Vista or Windows 7 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 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
In Windows 8 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.
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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.
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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 v4 (CTC, Command Technology Corporation) it being as
close as possible to Ibm's SPF editor, and thus to Xedit, as the 2
development groups always looked very close at each other. 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.
So I decided, having
some spare time, to write my own Xedit first in VB6, followed by a
new release in Visual Basic Studio. 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
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 instance: Kilowatt
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