by Chris Laas <>

They said it couldn't be done.
They said it shouldn't be done.
So I went and did it.

Written in 100% Pure Tcl/Tk!
The most minimalist editor, written in the most bloated language!
Runs on Unices, Windows, and Macs, AND as a Web browser applet!

Packs standard ED, PLUS an intuitive, powerful GUI, PLUS several extensions
into less than one-fifth the number of lines of code!  (It's even
smaller than the compiled binary of ED!)
And, as EVERYONE knows, smaller means faster, so this is without doubt the
most efficient ED in existence!  See for yourself:
% ls -l ed xed
-rwxr-xr-x   1 golem    root        67860 Jul 22 15:36 ed
-rwxr-xr-x   1 golem    101         51499 Jul 22 09:53 xed
% wc xed
   1962    7847   51499 xed
% wc ed-0.2/*.[ch] | tail -1
  11192   44379  323584 total
There's no arguing with that!

XED!  Whitens and brightens teeth!
XED!  Part of a complete breakfast!
XED!  Recommended by 4 out of 5 crufty curmudgeons!

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* Why?  Why, God, why?

If you have to ask, you will NEVER understand.  Despair.

* Why did you write it in Tcl/Tk?  You're a sick freak!

Why did you ask if you already knew the answer?

* I'm a grumpy cynic with no sense of humor, and it looks like you're having
  fun.  That annoys me.  Is it OK if I take out my frustrations on you?

Go away and leave me alone.

* Did you know that there already is a program called xed?  You'd better
  change your program's name or the sun will collapse into a black hole!

Does that so-called xed implement the full ED interface?  With a polished
X GUI?  I think not!  A mere imposter, not worthy of my consideration.

* Gee, mister, you rock!  How can I grow up to be just like you?

Just do what I did:  study science and math, eat your vegetables,
and ritually sacrifice a squirrel to C'thulhu every day.

Go to the SourceForge project page for XED.

Go to the Obligatory Screenshots Page for XED.

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