A few questions

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by DaveGBR, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. DaveGBR macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2005
    Hi there, I'm thinking about buying a Powerbook sometime in January (once my next student loan comes through and I have a bit more purchasing power!) but wanted to do a little background research first. I currently use Linux on a Dell laptop and use it mostly for programming and web stuff, I've heard a lot about Mac OS X being (sort of) UNIX based and having the familiar Terminal interface.
    So, few quick questions:

    - What kind of (preferably open source or freeware) development tools are there?

    - Same as above but for 'classic' widely used languages such as C/C++, BASIC, Java etc

    - Same again but low level and dirty, assembler type?

    - My first desire would be to get a decent C compiler, is there a Mac version of gcc (or alternative)?

    Also as a kind of side hobby I collect "antique" computers, Spectrums, Amigas etc that kind of thing. I've just won a Powerbook 520c on eBay (spec here) and it'd be nice to do a little programming on that as well. Bearing in mind its age and specs would it be possible to do any programming on that too (C being my langauge of choice but not limited to it)?
  2. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    Yes, you can get pretty much all the development tools you want as Mac OS X is based on FreeBSD.
    GCC and the usual toolchain is available. Many other tools can be installed using fink.
    Dunno, I presume the unix tools work. Remember that MacOS X currently runs on PowerPC processors so the intel tools will be of limited use on current machines. Intel-based machines will be released next year.
  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Yeah...gcc :)

    I am sure you will find the XCode to be right up your alley. Combine that with Terminal/vi/Eclipse and you should have more than enough tools to code all kinds of great software.
  4. DaveGBR thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2005
  5. Selivanov macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2005
    Voronezh, Russia
    Hmm. MacOS X is not so *nix-like as it should be. For example, i try to compile Midnight Commander on my computer (MacOS X 10.4 Tiger). He (MC) said that he wants glib package. I try to compile glib package. It asks me for gettext library. And so on... At the end of that story i stuck on the gcc localization.
    The most platform undepended thing in MacOS X is Java applications :)
  6. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    You'd have the exact same problems on any other commercial unix. It's part of the unix credo of "do one thing well" that apps are often built using lots of other little libraries, which may not be standard on your distro. I remember running through similar hoops compiling GNU software on HP-UX and Solaris, that is until you get all of the GNU packages you want/need on there. ;)

    As for midnight commander on OS X, why not just apt-get it using fink? http://fink.sourceforge.net/

  7. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    This is the reason the Linux/FreeBSD guys spent ages getting decent package installers working. For example, rpm, apt-get, portage (Gentoo Linux), and the ports system on FreeBSD.

    Mac OS X has three (to my knowledge) such systems - fink, darwinports and Gentoo Portage (the first two seem more developed).

    Fink - http://fink.sourceforge.net/
    DarwinPorts - http://darwinports.opendarwin.org/
    Portage for Mac OS X-http://www.metadistribution.org/macos/

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