was a very popular programmer's text editor
in the early 1980s. It was designed and developed by UnderWare Inc, a company founded in Providence Rhode Island by David Nanian and Michael Strickman and published by Solution Systems. UnderWare moved to Boston Massachusetts in 1985; in 1990 UnderWare sold BRIEF to Solution Systems who released version 3.1 but a year later sold the product to Borland
. BRIEF was available for DOS
and could run in a DOS console window
under early versions of Microsoft Windows
BRIEF is more accurately listed as B.R.I.E.F. - an acronym for Basic Reconfigurable Interactive Editing Facility.
It is no longer sold by Borland. Some Vim and Emacs packages provide Brief functionality.
The original product features contain:
- A Lisp-like macro language; later, a C-like macro language was added
- Completely configurable keyboard
- Template editing and smart indenting for all major micro-compilers
- Multiple undo/redo
- Unlimited file size (restricted only by disk space)
- Program compiling from within BRIEF, with "go to the next error line" service
- Support for all major popular compilers
- User configurations to support any other compiler with menu-driven setup
- EMS caching for all files and macros
- Mouse support
- Complete edit operations
- Regular expression search and replace
- Multiple windows, including multiple windows on the same source file
- CrispEditor from Vital - one of the few remaining Brief clones
The Brief keyboard layout became popular and was implemented in or emulated by other editors by providing a remapping of the keyboard shortcuts and editor behaviour.