The very first text editor 3645
The very first text editor 3647
I don't know about today's biz. Based on the poo I have that seems to require midnight mbuttes, blood, chickens, and first born giveaways, about the only thing you can do efficiently...
On 30 May 2006 10:50:42 -0700 in alt.folklore.computers, "Tim Shoppa"
The very first text editor 3646
wrote, in part: I would tend to interpret his question so as to be as much according to his words as possible. People preparing a FORTRAN program to run on a computer used...
Expensive Typewriter seems to have been a poke at the earlier 1960 Colossal Typewriter.
In Saltzer's 1966 docs for TYPSET and RUNOFF, he says:
"Here is a list of some of the sources of ideas for these commands:
J. McCarthy (Colossal typewriter) S. Piner (Expensive Typewriter) P. Samson (Justify) Comp. Center staff (Input, Edit, and File) M. L. Lowry (Memo, Modify, and Ditto) M. P. Barnett (Photon) V. H. Yngve (Comit, Vedit) R. S. (Madbug) A. L. Samuels (Edits) F. J. Corbato (Revise)"
Unfortunately no dates are given here, but old posts by Eric Fischer give some: (Google has lost a.f.c for 2000-09-04!) where he states: "In 1959, Martin E. Somin of the MIT Electrical Engineering Department wrote a program, "Editing Text for Immediate Display," that showed text on a display and (through some unspecified user interfaces) allowed it to be changed.
By this time card-oriented editors meant for programs instead of text were already in use, including MI BCD ED by F. J. Corbato and M. Merwin.
In 1960 or 1961, Michael P. Barnett and Kalon L. Kelley wrote a series of typesetting programs for the IBM 709 and the Photon typesetter, and at least two editors. One was a fairly simple line editor; the other was an elaborate context editor that could reflow text after insertions and deletions."
and his diagram of editor heritage:
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