Help Please...Which MacBook should I get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rikramer, May 9, 2012.

  1. rikramer macrumors newbie

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    Hoping to get some expert opinion on this.

    I've started to learn coding during my evenings / weekend. I'm a complete newb: I'm starting on javascript and html and will work my way up to Ruby and Pearl. I'd like to get off my work computer and do my training / coding on a personal machine. My ultimate goal is to build web sites, web applications, and mobile apps.

    Questions:

    - Will any MacBook suffice?

    - Can I get away with using an Air? (I love the slim profile)

    - How much memory should I conservatively require?

    - How much flash storage should I conservatively require?


    Thanks much!
     
  2. NewGuyHere macrumors regular

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    I would say go for the 15" for the large display, although you won't need much processing power, you really can't go wrong with any of 'em.
     
  3. srxtr macrumors 6502a

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    Any MacBook will do, though you may want to consider both the screen size and weight.
     
  4. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    You can do that with almost any computer (it doesnt even have to be a mac) (edit: unless you use XCode to program iphone apps, locked down to OSX)

    I use dreamweaver, and am not a hardcore coder, but I built a couple websites...

    For basic webpage making, and air would suffice (If you are ok with a screen that small, that is), and 128gb or 256gb is ok, if you are not a media junkie like me :) (my setup is passing 4tb)

    For coding (I assume ipad/iphone apps), you might want something a bit more hardcore (maybe a 13inch or 15inch macbook pro).

    The basic memory options are ok (I run 3gb RAM on a 2006 intel mac, its a bit sluggish but it suffices)


    Basically, any macbook will probably do you good. The hardest part is deciding what screen size you want

    Edit: Building a website however, you will want to have an external display so you can check out how the site looks on different screens. There are other methods, but I have not had problems on a 20 inch display
     

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