XEDITPC editor for Windows (download for free)
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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 latest version Xedit v 184.108.40.206 (august 2019). Use it and distribute is as you like.
- Download and go to the download map,
- rename the file in setupXeditPc.zip or open the file with WinZip and
- unpack the contents to the location that suits you. Windows folder Program Files is good is you are not going to add or change commands. If you do, choose a folder in the User area, like Appdata/Local
My 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! To show how little is needed internally, I wrote almost all line commands for copy and move in Rexx. So if something is missing, just write it in Rexx. Or ask me to write it for you! Do you want the source, to make it even better? Contact me. My e-mail is in the heading of the File Open Dialog.
a list of commands in HelpXedit.
I wish you a pleasant use of this editor.
uses Rexx as its command language. I wrote a Rexx intepreter using
VB.Net to accomplish this for my Xedit editor. The Rexx package is
available for anyone who wants to add Rexx facilities to .Net
programs. Here you can see how and what.
If you want to develop XeditPc and add more functionality go to Github and start for yourself.
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.
So 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 Visual 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 and recently Howard Fosdick's Rexx Programmer's Reference for the contents 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 commands.
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 EXEC.