Commit e9b98da6 authored by Christoph Cullmann's avatar Christoph Cullmann 🐮
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20 years Kate

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title: Kate is soon 20 years old!
author: Christoph Cullmann
date: 2020-11-08T14:56:00+02:00
url: /post/2020/2020-11-08-kate-is-soon-20-years-old/
## 20 years...
As described [here](/2010/08/15/kate-history/) Kate will soon be twenty.
My mail to the former KWrite maintainer dates back to "Thu, 14 Dec 2000 18:38:42 +0100", thought I think I started earlier with actually hacking on that MDI KWrite variant.
But just to have some official date, let's say Kate was born at 14th December 2000, in a bit over one month Kate will turn officially twenty ;=)
## Kate's state around 2000
We started off with something like below (the screenshot is a bit fresher, it's from 2001, KDE 2.2.x):
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<a href="/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/kate-in-kde2.2.png" target="_blank"><img width=700 src="/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/kate-in-kde2.2.png"></a>
I think we already had the basics that we still have around today: some split-able main area for the documents and tool-views for stuff like a document list or terminal.
We had no tabbed document switching, by design.
## Kate's state 20 years later
And now, in 2020, we ended up here:
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<a href="/post/2020/2020-11-08-kate-is-soon-20-years-old/images/kate-2020.png" target="_blank"><img width=700 src="/post/2020/2020-11-08-kate-is-soon-20-years-old/images/kate-2020.png"/></a>
That means we spend 20 years just to change the color theme to something dark and add some tabs ;=)
Not bad, isn't it?
Fun aside, the screenshots show: a lot of the basics did stay the same over the 20 years.
But that doesn't mean that not a lot of the underlying stuff changed drastically.
We amassed a lot of features over that time period, too.
The original Kate/KWrite/KTextEditor/... had by far not the syntax highlighting we have today or any kind of working auto indentation, it had not that many nifty editing actions, you could only dream from [decent code completion](/post/2020/2020-01-01-kate-lsp-client-status/).
And I would not have thought that it ever really [works well on Windows](/post/2020/2020-09-28-kate-windows-store-current-status/).
## How will it continue?
How the project will continue depends on the contribution we get.
I am very happy with the progress of the last few years.
We gained more traction again and with the switch to our GitLab instance we got a lot of contributions merged in the past months.
If you have some itch to scratch, step up and provide a patch!
Look at what we got merged already since we are at [](
* 103 patches for [Kate](
* 37 patches for [KTextEditor](
* 95 patches for [KSyntaxHighlighting](
I think this is nice and I hope this continues that way (or even speeds up).
Even after 20 years, Kate is not dead nor abandoned.
I think that is a nice achievement by all people that contribute now and in the past to our stuff.
Unfortunately not a lot people that helped to start this have stayed with the project, but that is life, priorities shift, jobs change, ...
;=) Not everybody can be a loner that has time to maintain something for two decades.
## Thanks!
I want to thank all contributors!
Even [this incomplete auto-generated list](/the-team/) contains more than 500 people that contributed stuff in the past 20 years.
Thanks that you helped to enhance Kate and keep it alive and kicking for two decades.
And I hope Kate will continue to be well for the near and far future ;=)
Let's provide some viable text editor alternative for users out there, be it on some Linux/BSD/... system or Windows.
And to our users: Thanks for picking Kate as your editor!
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