BBEdit editing its own Wikipedia article
|Developer(s)||Bare Bones Software|
|Stable release||10.5.9 / March 4, 2014|
|Operating system||Mac OS X|
The first version of BBEdit was created as a "bare bones" text editor to serve as a "proof of concept"; the intention was to demonstrate the programming capabilities of an experimental version of Macintosh Pascal. The original prototypes of BBEdit used the TextEdit control available in versions of Mac OS of the time. The TextEdit control could not load files larger than 32 KB, but after the experimental Macintosh Pascal project was terminated, the demonstration program was reworked to use the text editing engine from THINK C and THINK Pascal; this engine was much faster and could read larger files. As such, BBEdit was the first freestanding text editor to use the "PE" editing engine that had been created for THINK C and THINK Pascal, and is the only one still being developed (not including its own direct derivatives BBEdit Lite and TextWrangler).
In 1994, taking advantage of BBEdit's then-novel plugin support, third party developers started writing plug-ins to easily create and format HTML code. In fact, the developers at Bare Bones Software first learned of the existence of HTML through users inquiring about these plug-ins. Barebones later bought the rights to the plugin code from their author and included them as part of the standard BBEdit package. The tools were included as an optional palette in version 4, and were progressively more integrated, gaining their own menu in version 5.0. BBEdit's plugin support was removed in version 9.6, in favor of the expanded selection of scripting languages available for Mac OS X.
BBEdit was available at no charge upon its initial release in 1991, but was commercialized in May 1993 with the release of version 2.5.
At the same time, Bare Bones Software also made a less-featured version of BBEdit 2.5 called BBEdit Lite available at no cost. Bare Bones Software discontinued BBEdit Lite at version 6.1 and replaced it with TextWrangler, which was available for a fee, although significantly less than BBEdit. In 2005, TextWrangler 2.0 was released as freeware and subsequent versions continue to be distributed as such.
BBEdit was one of the first applications to be made available for Mac OS X, as a Carbon app. OSX BBEdit takes advantage of the operating system's Unix underpinnings by integrating scripts written in Python, Perl, or other common Unix scripting languages, as well as adding features such as shell worksheets that provide a screen editor interface to command line functionality similar to MPW Worksheets and Emacs shell buffers.
BBEdit is designed for use by software developers and web designers. It has native support for many programming languages and custom modules can be created by users to support any language. BBEdit is not a word processor, meaning it does not have text formatting or page layout features.
The application contains powerful multi-file text searching capabilities including strong support for Perl-compatible regular expressions. BBEdit allows easy previewing and built-in debugging of HTML and provides built-in prototypes for most HTML constructs. It also includes FTP and SFTP tools and integrates with code management systems. BBEdit shows differences between file versions and allows for the merging of changes. Support for version control, including CVS, Perforce, and Subversion is built in.
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