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GNU poke 1.0 released

Item posted by Jose E. Marchesi <jemarch> on Fri 26 Feb 2021 10:06:31 AM UTC.

I am happy to announce the first release of GNU poke, version 1.0.

The tarball poke-1.0.tar.gz is now available at

  GNU poke ( is an interactive, extensible
  editor for binary data.  Not limited to editing basic entities such
  as bits and bytes, it provides a full-fledged procedural,
  interactive programming language designed to describe data
  structures and to operate on them.

This release is the product of 3 years of work resulting in 4126
commits, made by 19 contributors.

The program is far from being perfect and there are known bugs and
limitations in place.  We also have lots of awesome ideas still to be
implemented, extensions we want to add, pickles for many data formats
to write, documentation to improve, and lots of work in
progress... the GUI, the machine-interface... working in poke is so
fun that it is difficult to stop :'D

But it is time to start the releasing cycles so everyone can benefit
from poke, which is already immensely useful for many activities like
systems programming, testing of software, design and documentation of
file formats and protocols, reverse engineering, and much more.
Releasing often will hopefully also bring in more developers to our
little but enthusiastic community... there is so much to do!

In any case, we wish you have fun with poke and that you find it

Please send us comments, suggestions, bug reports, patches,
questions, complaints, bitcoins, or whatever, to

Many of the poke developers and users populate the #poke IRC channel
at, and you are more than welcome to join us there
and say hello.

Now it is time to mention the names of all the people who have
contributed with code and/or documentation to this release.  In
certain but no significant order they are:

   John Darrington
   Tim Rühsen
   Luca Saiu
   Bruno Haible
   Mohammad-Reza Nabipoor
   Eric Blake
   Egeyar Bagcioglu
   Kostas Chasialis
   Darshit Shah
   Dan Čermák
   David Faust
   Carlo Caione
   Henner Zeller
   Aurelien Aptel
   Indu Bhagat
   Michael Drüing
   Pierre-Evariste Dagand

My gratitude to you all!  It is a real pleasure to hack with you.

Finally, as a personal note, I would like to dedicate this release to
my father Eduardo.  For this is also your work in a sense, and I love
you very much.

And this is all for now.
Happy poking!

Jose E. Marchesi
Frankfurt am Main
26 February 2021

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