MBP 13" for Programming?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thebam, May 12, 2010.

  1. thebam macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    Hi, I'm a PC ;O)
    So, I currently have a ~4 years old 15" core duo notebook. I was looking around for a new one and started to contemplate buying a 13" MBP. What speaks for the MBP is the portability and I just like the thin and "blocky" (no fan slots a.s.o.) design and especially that it's the same height all over - I don't like the uneiform ones.

    To cut to the chase. I would use it for programming (no daily business, but from time to time), besides other things (surfing, email, ..). Does anyone can tell me about his/her experience on developing on a 13" MBP? Screen resolution seams suboptimal, impact of C2D vs Core iX on 15", aptitude of the keyboard layout for programming, IDE, ...
    Languages: C/C++, OpenGL, SDL (and C# [Bootcamp Windows vs Virtual machine?])

    p.s. What are you're experiences with LaTeX on a Mac?

    Thanks for your help

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Screen size is more of a personal choice. I find it a bit small, but others do just fine.

    About the same as in Windows or Linux, honestly.
  3. schwap macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    I haven't used a 13" mbp, however I have used a 12.5" Dell with the same native resolution. I found that IDEs like Eclipse or VS felt pretty claustrophobic. It's ok for doing a bit of editing but I didn't like doing major coding on it.
  4. RossMc macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2010
    Newcastle, UK
    I use my 15 MBP for Programming Java.

    I use the Netbeans IDE.
  5. Sandford macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Mantova, Italy
    I would seriously think about programming with the glossy display! Your eyes could be very unhappy!
  6. burp macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    unless you're compiling huge projects,
    c2d works well.

    latex is OK, i prefer MacTex to fink's latex.

    the resolution was an issue for me though..
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    the only time I wished I had a larger screen (when I owned a 13" laptop) was when I was using photoshop or aperture. For development work, I really didn't think it was a huge deal.
  8. anarchron macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2004
    I used to program on a 13" MacBook Air and recently upgraded to a 15" MacBook Pro. I would totally recommend going with a larger screen.

    Although I could work with the 13" screen, the 15" is much better and provides sufficient real estate space to show everything and even the documentation window on occasions when I have to refer some obscure API method.
  9. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Bear in mind that for the price of a 15" MacBook Pro you could get a 13" and a pretty decent 24-26" 1920x1200 monitor to use at your desk. That's what ultimately sold me on the 13". It's a bit cramped for programming on its own, but having a second monitor (only 1024x1280 at the moment) does help a lot.

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