Macbook retina 13 and programming

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  1. dougian macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I tried searching this forum (and google) but i can't seem to find much information about it.

    How is the rMBP 13 for programming? I know that in retina mode you don't get much screen estate, do the scaled ones fix that problem?

    Anyone here using it for programming (scripting languages and some of C/C++ along with some VS running on vmware ) without an external display?

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. robE89 macrumors regular

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    sorry for bumping this up, but i'm also curious about this...
     
  3. leman macrumors 604

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    You can run it in 1680x1050 resolution which is certainly enough screen estate for programming (of course, depends on what you do). If you need a mobile machine for coding, the 13" will fill the bill nicely.
     
  4. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I am using a non-Retina cMBP and I can easily code in Xcode without issues. You will have no issues whatsoever with the rMBP scaled for more space. I fired it up on a buddy's rMBP and it was amazingly sharp and immense. I got two pages of code almost on the screen.
     
  5. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    I had written a longer text, but in the end realised that it doesn't really help: you have to try out for yourselves.

    I do some simple code writing in Xcode + console compiling, for me the 13'' is OK, given the mobility benefit it gives me. Your needs might be different...
     
  6. whiteonline macrumors 6502

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    I have a 13" rMBP that is connected to an external monitor for productive use. Of course the internal display can be used when in a pinch, but not recommended for primary use. It just feels too cramped. And when scaling the display, the fonts get too small to feel comfortable for long duration.

    In the end, I think you will find that some agree and some won't. It's all up to preference and how you work. Or maybe I have been spoilt by many years using large displays.
     
  7. robE89 macrumors regular

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    I guess very few really uses the macbook pro as main programmin machine, of course external displays are a must but i was curious if it's not an frustration when you are on the road or feel the need to go outside/etc
     
  8. No-Me macrumors 6502a

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    I program on a 11" MBA, so yeah a 13" will be more than enough especially when using scaled. I use the fullscreen a lot though :)
     
  9. Altemose macrumors G3

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    That is one of the nice things in newer IDEs is the one window design. I personally prefer it but many despise it. To each their own.
     

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