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.


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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