The best setup for a DEVELOPER?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Aomin3, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Aomin3 macrumors member

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    Share you experience, what has been working for you the best..what MBP, how many monitors, iMacs, maybe even the 12" MB..What setup made you the most productive? (Pictures are also highly appreciated)

    I really like how this looks:
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  2. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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    What kind of DEVELOPER?

    I really like those pristine magazine photos of desks, honestly, who's desk looks like that? If I saw someone's desk like that, I'd be asking why they didn't do any work!

    I'm going to add to the OPs request and stipulate that I would like to see peoples setup that actually looks like that, ideally taken in the middle/end of the working day. Let's think of it as a bonus clean your desk day.

    Continue...
     
  3. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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    I commend that as a legit desk. It has the hipster shades, the half drunk beer, the book as a mousepad. Very believable. But I question the age based on the use of CD-R's.
     
  4. doitdada macrumors 6502a

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    2011 MacBook 17". CD-R for long car rides without AUX or bluetooth. It was the last Apple machine that was my only computer.
     
  5. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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    So that's a recent photo??
     
  6. doitdada, Jan 29, 2017
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    doitdada macrumors 6502a

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    At least five years old. I actually got it on the day Steve Jobs died, so last computer under his reign. Have a MacBook 12" now, and alot of the actual development is done in bed with a cup of tea on the bedside table. Also have a Mac Pro with 4K monitor, but I don't really use it that much. Thinking about selling it, but the resale value does tempt me to get rid of it. Want a single computer setup, but love the portability in a MacBook 12" too much to switch.
     
  7. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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    That makes more sense, I was genuinely a little concerned and was planning a gofundme campaign to bring 2017 to [Norway?].
     
  8. Aomin3 thread starter macrumors member

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    @New_Mac_Smell share a pic of your desk buddy :)
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    Have to thought about the 13" non touch bar MBP as a replacement for the 12"? you could use it with the 4K display and still use it in bed, so a single comp setup
     
  9. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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    Would if I could! House is being renovated so I am deskless at the moment, running a mixture of a sofice/bofice at the moment in the interim.

    Clearly I'm suffering from desk-envy, hence my interest in desks... :p
     
  10. Altis macrumors 68030

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    What kind of developing work do you do?

    I couldn't imagine going from the 17" MBP I have now to 12"... though the weight/bulk difference would be quite substantial. :p The screen real estate is quite limited on the 12" though... and you don't use the external monitor with it?
     
  11. doitdada, Jan 30, 2017
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    doitdada macrumors 6502a

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    Mostly web, apps and database. I use a Mac Pro with a 4K monitor as mentioned earlier, for graphics and more complex arrangements (multiple programming languages, server configuration and frameworks). For bug fixing I can use an iPhone or an iPad. If it becomes too complex I just write comments with iOS devices and do the rest of the work on desktop or my laptop.

    As mentioned earlier, the 17" was the last computer I used as my only computer. I loved the screen size. Have had a few retinas 15", but they never felt as good as the 17" as all rounder.

    The 12" was the first computer I used all over the place. At 0.92kg it doesn't leave a footprint and you don't think about carrying all over. 17" was a burden to bring with me. The 17" along with a few other items actually broke a leather bag I used. 17" was a desk computer.
     
  12. leman macrumors G3

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    I use a 15" MBP without any external monitors. Do I need more real screen estate? Maybe, but I don't actually actively miss it.
     
  13. Toutou macrumors 6502a

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    Wanna see a legit desk? SW engineering student here. I do a lot of coding and studying, so that's about 10 hrs at this desk, daily.
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    Just yesterday I realized I don't even need the mouse, I always plug it in routinely, put my hand on it until the first scroll/zoom/swipe, then don't touch it for the rest of the day.

    The screen estate is okay, I would certainly like a second monitor on the other side, but this is usable. I usually run things in fullscreen and use the four finger swipe a lot.
     
  14. Aomin3 thread starter macrumors member

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    @Toutou upvoted for the LP album on the desk :) . Do you use your MBP on the go as well or is it most of the time on your desk? Seems like it would be a hassle to plug and unplug all the cables daily
     
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    Anyone know why my links to Flickr do not work?

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  16. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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    @Toutou legit, and all those cables, it would appear it's not just a problem for the 2016 models after all!...

    Great work, still hoping for that pristine actual working desk. Bonus points if you have a protractor and ruler on the desk in order to constantly align stuff and achieve 'perfection'.
     
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    I love the ultrawide idea. However, I do worry whether they are a passing fade. I am not seeing many new ultrawide monitors come to the market. Most appear to be vintage 2015 or early 2016 designs.
     

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