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Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by lo99tahoe, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I'm interested in c++, should I switch to a Macbook Pro? I know this is a vague question, but I have other reasons why I want to switch.
     
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    Furgster

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    from a PC or a different Mac?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm currently on a PC.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    C++ programming is perfectly possible on Windows. In fact, to make native applications on the Mac, you'd be better off learning Objective-C.

    If you have other reasons to switch, then by all means do!
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would there be any benefits to switch solely to program?
     
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    mobilehaathi

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    You'd get to program in a UNIX environment, which I prefer. However, you are not me. :)
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    I successfully write C++ programs on both the PC and Mac. Free IDEs and compilers are available on both platforms, as are purchasable IDEs.

    I think if you are looking for a purely programming in C++ reason to switch, you are barking up the wrong tree.
     
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    lee1210

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    I prefer the commandline, so having UNIX and all of the tools that come with it is better for me. Windows can be made slightly more UNIXy, er, linuxy with cygwin, but it's still not the same.

    I would not switch to the mac only because it's easier to program as a beginner(though for more seasoned devs this reason becomes more compelling). I would switch for that AND many other reasons. If you have no other reason to switch, I'd say this is not enough, but in my opinion there are plenty of reasons to switch from windows, fewer if from Linux.

    -Lee
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm tired of my PC period, i've done a complete overhaul on it twice. Just doesn't seem stable anymore. I've also considered getting a mac and putting ubuntu on my pc.
     
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    mobilehaathi

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    Sounds good to me! Mac + Linux is the way to go IMO. You can virtualize XP if necessary (compiling win32 code, etc).
     
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    It would be easier if you put one of the BSDs on the PC (FreeBSD, NetBSD or OpenBSD) as they share alot with Mac OS X and moving between them is a piece of cake. For instance I've just setup an OpenBSD box as a local server and when I SSH into it there is very little difference between it and Mac OS X which makes things very simple in the long run.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help guys. :)
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    I would suggest FreeBSD, Ubuntu, or OpenSolaris for your current PC. If you don't have any experience with *nix based systems, I would suggest downloading VMWare Server (free) and installing one of them as a VM ontop of Windows so you can determine which to use.
     

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