Writing a text editor using C and ncurses - Part 1

I have had a bit of a hardware-software project marinating in my mind lately. Part of that project requires a terminal/console based text editor.

I’ve written a few text editors over the years, simply for the sake of playing around with a new language, but this one is the first that has a real purpose. Ironically, even though we are in 2016 and fancy 3D desktop environments are all the rage, this project called for an old school terminal application.

In my search for how to write console or terminal applications, I came across NCurses. With a little help from the internet (mostly here and here) I managed to get a working text editor running within my terminal (currently LXTerminal, but I also tested it in Gnome-Terminal and urxvt).

Current features include:

This is where I am currently up to. The text editor will now go on hold for a while as I research various hardware requirements for the physical device.

 

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 in Articles & How To | Tags: TechnologyLinuxDebianTerminalNCursesCC++Text Editor