The very first text editor 3643
Not saying it's the first, but I have a copy of the June 1968 plus 1 "The Computer Bulletin" Vol 13 #6 which has an article breastled "The use of display consoles in a file updating scheme". This is "a publication of the British Computer Society" and has a price of 10 shillings.
It seems to totally ignore the rest of the planet.
It talks about a program on the CDC 6600 at CERN which is basically a text editor, even though they never call it that. You can search for text, delete lines, insert lines, and scroll around on a 20-line display of 50 characters each.
He describes editing a FORTRAN program and a data file. You can scroll the 50 character "window" left and right to handle 80 columns of data.
BTW, the ads are fascinating. There's
The very first text editor 3644
Eugene Miya Does it have to involve a computer? Certainly paper-tape editing (and store-forward concepts) predate programmable digital computers and go back to TTY's-teleprinters. Some (like...
* "We've got Concorde taped" by ascom mag tapes. The company name is in all lower case. * Marconi graphics terminals. * ITT Data Services. * ICL Computers, including the ICL 1900 * Memorex disc packs for IBM 1316, 2316 and 2314A2 drives. * Memorex Quantum tapes. * "TIMESHARING goes better with PDP-10" * NCR Century series computers, "with ultra-fast rod memories." * The "BRAND NEW" UNIVAC 1106 computer. * DEC PDP-14
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