VPC and Visual Studio

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jdogg707, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. jdogg707 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2004
    Well, I pre-ordered VPC 7 from MacConnection when they were doing the pre-order deal a few weeks ago. Unfortunately it looks like it will not be released until October or later, and I needed it before the end of August for my programming class. My essential question is should I deal with the wait and hold out for VPC 7 hopefully in October, or should I go for VPC 6 now and hope it works well enough for me. I need it for the sole purpose of programming windows apps using Visual Studio.NET 2003, mainly in Visual Basic.NET. I have a brand new Powerbook with the following specs:

    - 1.5GHZ 15" Powerbook
    - 128MB ATi Radeon 9700
    - 1GB PC2700 DDR RAM
    - 80GB 5400RPM Hard Drive

    I would really appreciate some advice from people who are using it now, and anyone who has experience with something like this. Thanks a lot!
  2. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    I don't think it will be fast enough to give enough response time to develop on unless you're a patient person. granted i only have a 1 ghz, but still. i think you will be annoyed. goto the lab. it actually better to develop on an actually windows box, you could be creating errors that only occur in the vm and fixing bugs that won't exist on a normal windows box.

    good luck.
  3. Aciddan macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2002
    My day job is developing really large apps in .NET. While I haven't used .NET 2003 on VPC, I have used/compiled and ran apps ising Visual Studio 6 in VPC on a 600 Mhz G3 iBook! :eek:

    As for chasing ghost bugs: unless your seriously tweaking low-level elements, or programming in C ;) you prolly won't come across any.

    While it might run *fine*, the reality is *fine* under VPC is DOG SLOW. With regards to your .NET forays next semester: Are they working with Visual or Non-Visual development? If it's predominately non-visual, you might get away with something like Mono for the moment...

    You might want to find out if you can come to some sort of upgrade arrangement... in the meantime you could also try BOCHS (here be dragons). Not a perfect solution, but it might get you over the line for now...

    -- Dan =)
  4. belf8st macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2004
    Check out http://www.mono-project.com/about/index.html
  5. jdogg707 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2004
    To answer your question I am going to be doing Visual development, and will be using Visual Basic.NET everyday in class. What exactly is BOCHS? I am just looking for the best solution, as the system's in the lab are a PITA to get on, and I am trying to wait until January to build my new PC. I was really counting on VPC7 in late July, but thanks to Microsoft I have to again wait. Thanks for the ideas guys!
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Bochs is an open source cross-platform x86-emulator. There are available for MacOS (Classic) and MacOS X. It is noticeably slower than Virtual PC, but it works.
  7. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
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