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Feb 15, 2006, 06:41 AM
Hi there! :)

I'm a web developer coding in Java using PostgreSQL as a database.
I currently do all my development on a P4@2.6HT with 800FSB and 1Gb of Dual DDR.

I'm thinking of getting a 12' iBook for doing development while on the go.
Since this will be my first mac, I cant really compare the G4 to the P4.

Can any of you share your experiences plz?
Thanks! :D

Feb 15, 2006, 03:03 PM
I have a G3 iBook that I've used with Xcode a couple times. It takes forever to compile. Obviously this is slower than a G4 but that's ok. I would wait a little bit and see what Intel "iBook" is released. It will be a ton faster and probably the same price as the current G4s.

Feb 15, 2006, 03:09 PM
I have an iMac G5 (rev a) and an iBook G4 (latest model). As I develop using php & mysql which aren't CPU intensive on a program like TextMate. I don't have much experience in Java but I would expect it to be me more intensive. The only thing that makes me use my iMac G5 over my iBook is that the 12" screen that big and I prefer having a big windows of code open with a browser so I can easily check what happens.

As for performance then I think the G4 will suit you, screen size might not.

Feb 15, 2006, 03:14 PM
I'm using a 12" iBook G4@800MHz as my main computer. My main tools are TextWrangler (http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/) and Cyberduck (http://cyberduck.ch/) for all my php/mysql/xhtml/css programming, and that works great. Don't see why java/postgresql should be any different... and the newest iBooks are much better than my more than two years old one... :)

Feb 15, 2006, 03:58 PM
As for performance then I think the G4 will suit you, screen size might not.

Yeah...this is making me skeptical.
Mitthrawnuruodo, how do you find the screen/resolution?

Has any of you used Eclipse (http://www.eclipse.org) as its the IDE I'm using...

Feb 15, 2006, 04:12 PM
I program using eclipse, and I do it with my 12" PB (1.5 GHz) when traveling/on the couch/etc. It's a decent environment, but I wouldn't recommend it as a full time system - 1024x768 is usable but not optimal.

Speedwise, though, it's fine. Not as fast as my work PC, my dual-2 PowerMac, or my Intellimac, but certainly not too slow.

Feb 16, 2006, 12:55 AM
Thanks jsw. So whats the feeling of Eclipse? Is it snappy/laggish?
What spec is ur PC at work?

Feb 16, 2006, 01:07 AM
Mitthrawnuruodo, how do you find the screen/resolution?I wouldn't complaint if I had higher resolution, but I find it more than good enough... Check out my typical workspace...

Feb 16, 2006, 02:05 AM
For straight coding it's probably fine, but personally i have to deal with sites that have a lot of static pages (1800!) and gave up working on an iBook just because of the hassle of scrolling through large file lists and switching between multiple test windows (and i wasn't allowed to hack the screen spanning cos it was company mac :rolleyes: ), so i got a mini instead to enjoy the luxury of 1800x1400, while still maintaining a degree of portability.

Feb 16, 2006, 02:55 AM
Thanks a lot for your input.
So performance wise is all good? Is it just the screen/res that "bothers" people?