Need to make a decision

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by selayan, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. selayan macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I work for the dept of ed and I realized I can get a discount on purchasing a macbook pro. Now I am a .net developer and have been for some time. My new job which I will start at another company, does everything in Java. I am in need of a laptop in case I may have to complete work at home. Would a macbook pro be ideal for an entry level java developer. I know the company gives you desktops in the office but not sure they provide laptops. So I need some suggestions because I need to buy one by the end of next week if I do so.
     
  2. 87am macrumors regular

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    By no means a seasoned programmer here, but I did take an entry level Java course in college. I was the only student using a Mac (a two year old one at that), while everyone else used the university-supplied Dell notebooks. I had no issues whatsoever; in fact when it came to compiling the code, my macbook would do so noticeably faster every time.
     
  3. selayan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Its just weird going from the .net side to open source. I've been working since out of school now for about 8 months as a web app developer and everything is in windows. I come in one day and on my desk in the office is a macbook so I've been using it to test my websites and I really enjoy it. I know at the new company they use Eclipse and most likely their desktops are windows. Only reason I would use the mac would be at home, travel, and in case I would need to code some stuff at home. I'm not sure of the discrepancy between windows JDK and Mac.
     
  4. ansabakhan macrumors 65816

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    you wont have a problem ... if you do just install windows (using software like Mware or Parallel ) or you can have a dual boot... so every time you start you computer you will have a choice to start as PC (windows) or mac (OSX)

    macs work both ways (windows and os x) unlike PCs
     
  5. selayan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've heard that macs can run windows and emulate better than a pc can. Is this true? I won't mind setting up a dual boot, I have versions of windows I could load on there. Of course I imagine the saved user files remain on the mac hard drive if you use parallels?
     
  6. ansabakhan macrumors 65816

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    with parallel you can access files on OS X side too ...
     
  7. selayan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I haven't had many co developers tell me that they prefer macs but I guess it depends on what you are developing, in this case open source it would not be a problem. If I ever go back to .NET I'm guessing installing windows and all the required .NET tools as a dual boot would also be alright. I expect this laptop to last me a while too.
     

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