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Linux Journal: Visual SlickEdit 5.0

Jun 24, 2000, 16:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Ayers)


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"I can't think of many commercial software packages that have been continuously evolving since the early days of the personal computer industry. Visual SlickEdit, MicroEdge's award-winning programmer's editor-cum-development environment, was initially released in 1988 as a DOS and OS/2 character-mode editor. This was when IBM was marketing text-mode-only OS/2 as "a better DOS than DOS."

"Clark Maurer, currently CTO of MicroEdge and still active in SlickEdit development, was employed at IBM's Watson research lab. He was one of the developers of the legendary internal IBM editor E; this experience enabled him to quit IBM and begin development of the first SlickEdit releases."

"Having installed an earlier version of SlickEdit from floppy disks a couple of years ago, I anticipated no problems installing version 5.0 from CD-ROM. A GUI installation interface makes the process even easier than before, but I ended up with an installed editor which wouldn't even start up. After an exchange of e-mail and phone calls with MicroEdge's responsive and helpful service personnel, I still couldn't get it to work. I e-mailed a core-dump file to MicroEdge; it seems there were some compatibility problems with the particular version of Debian I've been running, which admittedly is the ``unstable'' release. The support staff even went so far as to install Debian 2.0 on one of their test-bed machines, and reported that SlickEdit started up just fine. Since there didn't seem to be any immediate solution to this problem, I installed SuSE Linux on a spare partition and soon had a functional editor. I imagine this particular incompatibility hadn't come to light before due to the nature of SlickEdit's normal user base, which probably uses older and more proven versions of Linux."

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