Macbook Air for programming?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by Dekard, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. Dekard macrumors 6502

    Dekard

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    Anyone using a MB Air for programming? I have a rMBP for work, but I'd like to leave it in my bag when I get home because it's a little bulky, was thinking about getting a 13 inch Macbook Air but I didn't think you could really see well enough to code long hours on it because the screen is a bit cramped for Xcode screens..

    Anyone out there doing it and have tips? I'd like to have a lighter weight option to sit on the couch with the misses and be able to do some work without having my 15 incher out..
     
  2. firewood macrumors 604

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    I've developed several iOS apps an MBA 11, no big problems. Let's me code out on the deck or in the park. Much better than being stuck at a desk when the weathers nice.

    Using multiple desktop spaces and keyboard shortcuts to open and close Xcode assistants helps keep the display uncluttered.
     
  3. Akarin macrumors 6502

    Akarin

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    I do a lot of programming on laptops and to be honest, I prefer an 11" MBA to a 15" HP Envy with Visual Studio (I also use Xamarin) because by using spaces, you can really separate your tasks (space 1 for Xcode, space 2 for testing, space 3 with a browser, etc...).

    Of course, I'm much more productive with dual 27" screens but on the road, a MBA is the perfect coding machine.
     
  4. TheWatchfulOne macrumors 6502

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    I use an 11" MacBook air for programming and it works just fine. And I don't even have any external monitors to occasionally connect it to.
     
  5. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816

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    I can program on a MBA. Operative word being "can". But I am 2x more productive with a USB keyboard, mouse, and two external monitors with my iMac ;)
     
  6. recoil80 macrumors 68000

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    Ditto.
    I really love my 27'' iMac and at home when I have to work I plug a 23'' monitor and use a keyboard.

    11'' Air is ok if I need to work for a couple of hours, no more. It's really convenient since is light and tiny, but I wouldn't use it to work for the whole day long.
     
  7. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    It should be fine to program on an MBA.
     
  8. TouchMint.com macrumors 68000

    TouchMint.com

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    Its what I started with and i still use it on the road when traveling.

    I do suggest getting a 24-27inch monitor to connect it to when possible. coding isnt too bad but testing and designing can get rough on the air screen.
     

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