Can I run VS.NET or other compiler like C++ on Windows using boot camp.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by armandorf.05, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. armandorf.05 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, everyone. For a while (perhaps 3 years or more), I've wanted to buy a Mac. Now I have the money and everything, but the problem is a different one; I'm starting to study Computer Science, and, as you guys know, you will get to program in a windows environment once in a while. I'd really like to learn programming on the Mac, but, as mentioned before, I will have to program in Windows.
    - SO DO YOU GUYS THINK IT IS WORTH TO BUY A MAC?
    - CAN I RUN AND USE COMPILERS (OR INTERPRETED LANGUAGES) SMOOTHLY (I mean with no failures), SUCH AS VS .NET OR C++ OR JAVA?
    - And finally, does Windows runs natively on Boot Camp?

    I would be so glad if you, guys, help me take a decision helping me answer these questions. :)
     
  2. XianPalin macrumors 6502

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    Yes, it's worth it.
    Yes you can run them smoothly. I have a friend who is a senior software developer who uses a Macbook Pro and Parallels to run visual studio at work, though boot camp would run even better.
    Yes, windows runs natively on Boot Camp, that is the entire point of boot camp.
     
  3. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    Yes, and the beauty of Boot Camp is there's no Windows License restriction.

    Meaning, you can run ANY version of Windows. The newer licenses and some updated licenses of Vista restrict them (mostly Vista Home) in that you cannot use them in virtualization mode. i.e., Running Vista Home in Parallels or VMWare, but since Boot Camp is native, it would be like running it as if OSX did not exist.
     
  4. armandorf.05 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, guys. So it seems that I will be able to do anything on either Windows or Leopard. I'll have to use Windows just because of the projects that I will get at school, not because of other excuse. But mostly, if not all, my tasks will be made with my future iMac.

    NOTE: if someone else has something to say about Mac, trying to convince me to buy my iMac, I'll appreciate it.
     
  5. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    Hi, I just answered your question over on the other forum you posted it at.

    So I guess this time I'll just tell you why Macs are great.

    -I love mine! It's purdy.
    -Ok, real reasons now... it's stable. Sure, like any OS there are a few times it just can't handle something and you get a kernel panic and have to restart, but while Blue Screens of Death are a daily occurence with Windows, this kind of thing is a rare struck-by-lightning-odds day with OS X
    -Speaking of restarting, if you leave your computer on all the time, that's great for Macs. Unix was designed as an operating system that could be left running indefinitely without failure, and so Macs don't need to be rebooted nearly as often as PCs
    -Everything is just more inuitive. But you have to leave your preconceptions about how computers work behind. It's not Windows anymore, and Mac goes about things differently. It'll take some time getting used to, but in the end, you'll almost definitely find it a better, easier, faster way than the Windows way.
    -While there are fewer applications for OS X, that also means they tend to be of higher quality
    -No viruses! Seriously. It's not just part of the ads. We don't get them. Certainly OS X has security flaws, but they're fixed all the time by Apple's updates. Because it was designed from the beginning to be inherently more secure, Mac stays ahead of the game instead of running to catch up and patch up gaping wounds like Windows
    -Things Just Work Better. I know that's kind of a cop-out, but it's true. I can never use a Windows computer again without inevitably trying to use a convenient Mac shortcut that would allow me to save time, only to realize that I can't do it that way anymore, I have to do it the hard way.
     

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