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Record Editor

Record Editor

This is a Programmers Data-file editor, similar to the Mainframe Editor - File-Aid or Net-Cobols Cobol-Editor. The Editor is written in java (1.4) so should run on most Computer Systems. The RecordEditor has the following uses

  1. Viewing/editing Fixed field length data files (i.e. fields occupy the same columns in every record. A typical file might be- Columns 1 to 8 Product, Columns 9 to 16 Quantity etc).
  2. Viewing/editing CSV (i.e. Comma / Tab separated fields) files. If you are just wanting to edit CSV file, reCsvEditor is a version of the RecordEditor specialising in editing CSV files. The RecordEditor is focused on Fixed Width and Complicated CSV files.
  3. Copying Files from one format to another.
  4. Comparing files (same or different formats).

This program uses a Record-Layout definition to display the data file in a Human Readable Form. It can handle both PC (Text and Binary) and native IBM Mainframe (Text and Binary) file formats.

These Record-Layouts are stored in a Database. There is an option to import Cobol Record Layouts into the Database plus screens to edit the Record Layouts.

Fixed Field Length data files are very common :

But at work we also use them for

I believe the people working in the following areas will find this program very useful:


Record-Editor features:



The program can be downloaded at Download Page. There is a description of Download Versions

Program Summary


Java 1.5


Bruce Martin


Java 1.5 run time


Windows XP;Linux (Fedora 8, PCLinuxOS 2007, Knoppix)

Analysis by ohloh

The site does some analysis of Projects like this. There estimates are way over for a project like this (at least 5 or 6 times for the java and a lot more for the markup code). But it gives you some idea of the effort involved:

  RecordEditor Anaylysis



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