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Hi All!

I'm heavily leaning toward purchasing all Macs for my company early next year, and anticipate a smooth transition for everybody. However, my role involves a great deal of programming - web programming as well as Windows application programming.

Generally I live and die in Visual Studio and use it, coupled with SQL Server, IIS, and the Adobe CS line, to design and develop my programs and websites.

I know Adobe CS works fine natively in OSX - but I'm wondering about the other tools. I understand Parallels provides decent virtualization, but I figured I'd get the inside scoop from folks involved in the same kinds of work as I am.

Can Parallels handle my development needs? Should I use Boot Camp? Are there tools that run natively in OSX that I should consider?

Any and all advice, ideas, suggestions, or booklists would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

JDS
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Perhaps if I rephrased the question it might garner more useful responses...

What are your favorite tools for developing beautiful dynamic websites?

Thanks in advance,

JDS
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My favourite tools for dynamic websites are... well, Coda, which is a killer editor for text-based freaks (like me).

If you're doing heavy Windows application development, I'd suggest you have a testing machine handy, and I'd also suggest using Boot Camp over Parallels, as it is not only Virtualization, but the real thing.

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I also spend a great deal of time hand coding in text editors (Notepad, Metapad, LedLineIt, etc)... So I understand what you mean about being a text-based freak

When I say "dynamic" however, in reference to websites, I meant dynamic content - not just DHTML. What are your favs for building databases, serving active pages, etc. Is it just Apache/PHP/MySQL?
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I personally stick to PHP and MySQL. Funnily enough, back in the day (I was 13) when I learnt that stuff, I chose it because it was text-based in the first place. So I'm sorry I can't help you much.

EDIT: Sorry, Cold Fusion has no Mac version.


I remember hearing of ColdFusion from Adobe, that should have a Mac version.
http://www.adobe.com/products/coldfusion/

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Hi All!

I'm heavily leaning toward purchasing all Macs for my company early next year, and anticipate a smooth transition for everybody. However, my role involves a great deal of programming - web programming as well as Windows application programming.

Generally I live and die in Visual Studio and use it, coupled with SQL Server, IIS, and the Adobe CS line, to design and develop my programs and websites.

I know Adobe CS works fine natively in OSX - but I'm wondering about the other tools. I understand Parallels provides decent virtualization, but I figured I'd get the inside scoop from folks involved in the same kinds of work as I am.

Can Parallels handle my development needs? Should I use Boot Camp? Are there tools that run natively in OSX that I should consider?

Any and all advice, ideas, suggestions, or booklists would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

JDS
Parallels is decent - though dependent on a few things:

1) You're not running to may RAM-hungry apps in both environments (common sense)

2) You have maxed out the RAM on your Apple product
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