Henry Skoglund contacted to me to share an Xcode plugin he wrote, GeezerEdit, which maps various Xcode editing features to Wordstar control-key sequences.
What is Wordstar you ask? Circa 1980, Wordstar was a popular word processor for DOS, this was long before the days of Microsoft Word. Many of the keystroke sequences for marking text, copy/paste, moving to next/previous word, etc were tied to the control key combinations. For example, to mark a block you would enter Conrol-K-B to begin the mark, Control-K-K to end the block.
Around that same timeframe Borland (which has since been acquired by Embarcadero) was on fire with many popular development tools. Turbo Pascal and Turbo C were tools I used on a daily basis for building applications when I was in graduate school. I remember it well, my computer had two 5 1/4 floppy drives, the compiler and editor were on one floppy and the project was stored on the second. I had no hard drive at the time, the $450 for 10 Meg was out of reach. Crazy. Continue reading →