Thread: Will Mac work for me?
08-02-2004, 07:13 AM #1pitythefoolGuestWill Mac work for me?
I'm in the market to buy a laptop, at the moment I just have a *cough* Windows desktop...
I'm really keen to use 'buying a new machine' as an excuse to try out a Mac. BUT. I'm a computer science student, and so a lot of the stuff I'll use the laptop for is programming etc, but this will only really supplement what I use my main machine for. (I'll continue to use this, more for screen real-estate than anything else).
I just wondered what the availability for programming tools is like, and how well things are 'transferrable'. I.e. I don't want to find that something I coded on my Windows machine won't compile on my Mac.
Due to cash, I think the most I can stretch to is a 14" iBook. Admittedly, it will get a lot of use just as a web-browser etc, but there will be some Java/C++ development in there too.
I think I basically need someone to say "yeah, I do loads of development on my Mac" and then I will sail confidently into the Apple Store ^_~
Thanks in advance.
08-02-2004, 08:28 AM #2CloudaneGuest
Should be good for development, given its BSD background I think you can get all the standard *nix development tools etc.
As long as you don't program in Visual Basic or create applications in Access, you should be all set IMO.
08-02-2004, 02:56 PM #3
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In my CS program, there were basically two kinds of people: 1) Those who used a Mac for everything and 2) Those who had to constantly switch between Windows (for "normal" things ) and Linux (for programming things.)
OS X includes Java and the GCC (C/C++/Objective C) compilers out of the box; just open up a shell in Terminal and start coding. Alternatively, there are IDEs such as Apple's XCode
(See http://www.apple.com/macosx/developertools/ for more information)
08-02-2004, 03:18 PM #4
I think Mac is a great choice, seeing as it comes with Perl and a test editor in the terminal
08-03-2004, 08:49 AM #5pitythefoolGuestOriginally Posted by technologist
I think that was exactly what i needed. Thanks!
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