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AEE - a simple console text editor

August 15, 2017 — Nalioth

For those of you who may remotely log in to various computers on occasion and need to edit code, aee ( "Another Easy Editor" ) is the ticket.

Sure, you could go with Vi!, Vim!, Vigor!, Vigorn*cough* or one of the other Vi offshoots. There's also the emacs - the OS that only functions as a text editor. Both of these options are bloated and have a hella learning curve.

aee was written in the early nineties by Hugh Mahon. All the instructions are shown on the operating screen as you use it. No fancy "PSL" ( program sign language ) required to perform operations with it.

It wraps words as you type them, so you won't be having to pull a 21st century Deckard maneuver during your editing session.

When you're done editing, just hit the ESC key. A user-friendly menu will appear, offering you a variety of options.

Unfortunately, Mr. Mahon's website was shuttered back in 2016, and it now only exists in the Wayback Machine. Sadly, the Wayback Machine didn't grab the final version of aee from the site at the time of its final pass . . .

. . . but I did.

aee-2.2.3.tar.gz ( source code only )

Tags: webmaster, text-editors, *nix-shell, open-source

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