MBPr 13" - Software Engineering student

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fatih, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. Fatih macrumors newbie

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    Hello.

    Im going to study Software Engineering soon and i want to buy a Macbook for that.
    Im looking at the 13" 2,6 GHz, 8 GB Ram and 256 GB SSD.

    This is going to be my first Mac ever. Do you think it's a good pick for studying Software Engineering? I need some advice please :)
     
  2. amazinjoey macrumors newbie

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    Can you link your program so we can see the subjects ? :)
    Im studing Software engineering and Mangement and a macbook pro should be fine but you might need to use Windows during some courses. As I had technical analsys and design which forced us to use IBM Rhaposody which was only working in Windows and barely
     
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I'm a CS student, and I personally prefer the 15" purely because of the screen size, quad core option and discrete GPU.

    The extra 2 inches is a big bonus when coding.
     
  4. SarcasticJoe macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a Computer Engineering postgrad myself and the only time I've actually had to use software that didn't have an OSX version was with a with some Linux only abandonware I had to use in a course on Real Time systems. I just installed Ubuntu in a Virtualbox VM and it ran just fine even thou I had to compile the program from source.

    Technically there's also Altera's Quartus II (Windows only) and Atmel's AVR Studio (which has a Linux version, but no mac version), but they were both on a machine tethered lab equipment (the first to program an FPGA board and the latter to program an microcontroller on a dev board), so what I used on my personal machine didn't matter.
     
  5. kfmfe04 macrumors member

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    Install Virtualbox and your favorite flavor of Linux and you can program to your heart's content.

    SUN Sparcstations used to run UNIX were priced $5-10k. Now you can run the equivalent using free open software in a virtual machine on your $1k mbp for free and run it much much faster than ever.

    How times have changed...
     
  6. Fatih thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Im living in Denmark, so it's Danish :) Here are some of my courses in english:
    BCD User Centered Design, Software Design, Experts in Teams, Software Maintenance, GLO Software System Design in a Global Context, Emperical Methods and Statistics, Distribution and Integration Technologies, Discreet Methods Computer Science etc.



    I want the portability of the 13", and to be honest, i can't afford the 15" :) Only the 13" im going to buy costs 1867.5$ here - and this is the cheapest price. If i buy directly from apple, it's over 2000$ for the 13" 2.6/8/256.

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    So there will be some software i can't run on OSX, and therefore i have to run Windows. What do you recommend here? I have looked at Parallels and think that it looks very good. But how is the performance, compared to bootcamp?
     
  7. amazinjoey macrumors newbie

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    Reminds me of DTU , did a year there as an exchange student from sweden:) Macbook pro should be enough but I recommend you get the free Windows copy from MSDNAA and bootcamp it
     
  8. Fatih thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool :):)
    I have looked a bit at MSDNAA, but can't find windows for free. Is it "Windows Embedded 8" or what? :) And do you have a special reason to recommend bootcamp? I have heard that it is annoying to switch between OSX and windows with bootcamp because you have to restart.
     

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