dav: Old text editors never die

So many programs, so many programs. … And with each day my list grows and grows.

Originally I had a mind to do a post a day on a console application, and call myself surprised if I made it to the end of 2013 with something to write about.

I realize now that I should probably push that date out a little bit … to something like 2015, if not farther. I’m two months into the year and still have a list of 360 applications to track down, install and write about.

Realizing that some of these things are … well, for lack of a better word, stale … doesn’t deter me. Take for instance dav, a basic and functional text editor that hasn’t seen any development love since about 2004.

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That doesn’t make dav any less functional. And because old software never dies, you can still download it, build it and install it, almost a decade after its last update. Probably. 😉

Either way, dav is workable and carries most of its keycodes right in front of you: Loading, saving, indentation and even a trigger for a compiler, if that is useful for you. And the memory profile is delightfully small — a mere 0.5 percent of the 256Mb in this machine.

So if you need something straightforward, light and intuitive, dav might be a good choice. Looking at this list though, you have a few choices available to you. … 😯

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