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    Hello

    First, about me. I'm a software developer that works with .Net, SQL Server, ASP.Net, etc. This won't ever change.

    I am however interested in branching out with Java and thought I'd learn it on a different OS while I was at it. I prefer Macs over Linux. So, my questions are...

    1. What major relational databases run on the Mac?
    2. Other than Java, what other programming languages can be used to develop on the Mac?
    3. What development tools are available for the Mac (e.g. I use Visual Studio and NetBeans)?
    4. What reporting tools are available for the Mac (e.g. I use SQL Reporting Services and Crystal Reports)?


    I'd love to hear from you guys about this! If there's enough there, I'd consider myself a semi-Switcher (Microsoft will always be in my heart)

    James

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    there's a guy named xstep on these boards who seems well suited to this thread. if you don't get any decent replies, i'd send him a p.m. if i were you.
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    1. Offhand I can think of mySQL and postgreSQL running from them, there are clients for oracle etc.
    2. C, C++, Objective-C, Objective-C++, Assembly, I use perl, python, and multiple shell scripting languages,
    4. xcode nicely handles C, C++, Objective-C, Objective-C++, Java and Assembly
    5. unsure
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    soory to hijack but...
    im taking a course in school about basic web design.
    1.) are there ANY good html editors out there for my mac?
    2.) firefox doesnt display my web page correct. how can i fix it so it shows right????

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicubs3794 View Post
    soory to hijack but...
    im taking a course in school about basic web design.
    1.) are there ANY good html editors out there for my mac?
    2.) firefox doesnt display my web page correct. how can i fix it so it shows right????
    1. Ever try DreamWeaver?? Personally I use Dream Weaver, but started off with Taco HTML Editor, but it is as basic as it gets, comes with a 30 free trial and then it's like 15$ for a license or something around that.
    2. Not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyreejp View Post
    Hello

    First, about me. I'm a software developer that works with .Net, SQL Server, ASP.Net, etc. This won't ever change.

    I am however interested in branching out with Java and thought I'd learn it on a different OS while I was at it. I prefer Macs over Linux. So, my questions are...

    1. What major relational databases run on the Mac?
    2. Other than Java, what other programming languages can be used to develop on the Mac?
    3. What development tools are available for the Mac (e.g. I use Visual Studio and NetBeans)?
    4. What reporting tools are available for the Mac (e.g. I use SQL Reporting Services and Crystal Reports)?


    I'd love to hear from you guys about this! If there's enough there, I'd consider myself a semi-Switcher (Microsoft will always be in my heart)

    James
    1) More or less all of the major ones except Microsoft-proprietary garbage like Microsoft SQL (OS X is a UNIX derivative, after all). The most well-known ones are probably MySQL, PostgreSQL, Front/OpenBase, and Oracle.

    2) All of them except Microsoft-proprietary annoyances like C#

    3) Eclipse is very popular, NetBeans is available on OS X, many people like using Xcode (free download if you register on developer.apple.com, which is also a free process), and I hear good things about Coda... of course there are always the basic text editors programmers love for individual files when they don't want to look at the whole project like Emacs, Vim and the like.

    4) SQL Reporting Services and Crystal Reports both work on Mac OS X.

    Quote Originally Posted by chicubs3794 View Post
    soory to hijack but...
    im taking a course in school about basic web design.
    1.) are there ANY good html editors out there for my mac?
    2.) firefox doesnt display my web page correct. how can i fix it so it shows right????
    1) Emacs is my favourite editor for working on any sort of code.
    2) I don't have magical psychic powers that allow me to see the HTML you've written, and even if I did, I'd tell you to at least make some semblance of a try at fixing your homework before asking strangers on the Internet to do it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicubs3794 View Post
    soory to hijack but...
    im taking a course in school about basic web design.
    1.) are there ANY good html editors out there for my mac?
    2.) firefox doesnt display my web page correct. how can i fix it so it shows right????
    How is it not displayed correctly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chicubs3794 View Post
    soory to hijack but...
    im taking a course in school about basic web design.
    1.) are there ANY good html editors out there for my mac?
    2.) firefox doesnt display my web page correct. how can i fix it so it shows right????

    Try not to hijack threads

    You will get a better response from a new thread with a catchy title, web heads will see it and give you lots of good advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    there's a guy named xstep on these boards who seems well suited to this thread. if you don't get any decent replies, i'd send him a p.m. if i were you.
    Thanks for the confidence Eric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Discerptor View Post
    4) SQL Reporting Services and Crystal Reports both work on Mac OS X.
    According to Business Objects, Crystal Reports works only on MS Windows platforms. And I suspect that is the same for SQL Reporting Services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xstep View Post
    According to Business Objects, Crystal Reports works only on MS Windows platforms. And I suspect that is the same for SQL Reporting Services.
    Weird, I could have sworn there was something in Eclipse or other that offered the functionality of Crystal Reports on OS X. You're definitely right about SQL Reporting services though, my bad. I guess my Windows and Mac usage kind of blend together.

    Ah, right. Apparently for some reason the Eclipse thing doesn't work in Mac OS X even though it DOES in Linux. Weird.

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    There seems to be a mention in this thread that one can get Crystal Reports for Eclipse to run on OS X. The note is over a year old and doesn't say which version of OS X was used.
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