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Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 05 November 2010 - 05:46 PM

What languages can be programmed on a Macbook Pro? I am a Computer Science student and I will be taking courses on Java, Python, C, C++, and possibly some other languages while at school. I have used a Macbook before and I really enjoy them, but if I can't do my programming on it, then there is really no reason to have one.

What do you think? Would you recommend a Macbook to a Computer Science student?
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Re: Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 05 November 2010 - 08:21 PM

Languages are Cocoa or Objective-C.

But only you can decide if it is a good route for you. Do you want to make Windows programs or iPhone/iPad programs.

You can run Windows on a Macintosh. So to me its like getting two computers in one. And that way you can code for either world.
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 09:03 PM

I'm not looking to create a program for Windows or iPhone/iPad specifically. I am looking to complete projects and assignments for school, and personal projects as well, although I am not sure what these projects might be.
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 04:42 AM

I use a Mac for all of my programming needs except when I occasionally use Linux, but anything that is available for Linux on the command line runs on Mac also. You can program in practically any environment, using any language and you can develop cross-platform applications on the Mac you don't need to specifically create Cocoa Mac/iPhone/iPad apps. You can use Xcode to compile C, C++, Obj-C, Obj-C++, Java and I *think* ASM, but on a Mac I have had success with: C, C++, Obj-C, Obj-C++, Java, multiple flavours of Assembly and Python. You don't *just* need to use Xcode. The only thing you CAN'T do is Visual Basic, but if you REALLY wanted to (I mean, you does) you always have the option of installing Windows alongside Mac OS X.

In short: yes, I would recommend a Mac to a CS student.
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Re: Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 06 November 2010 - 09:39 AM

View PostJambr, on 05 November 2010 - 08:03 PM, said:

I'm not looking to create a program for Windows or iPhone/iPad specifically. I am looking to complete projects and assignments for school, and personal projects as well, although I am not sure what these projects might be.


I need to get a vehicle. Its for personal use and maybe some light work-related use in the future. But I don't know what that might be. What kind of vehicle should I get?
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Re: Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 06 November 2010 - 09:50 AM

@ Clearly you should get a pick-up. :)

@chuck981996 Do you mean the Xcode plugin for Eclipse?

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 07:41 PM

I actually use my macbook pro for programming in my csc100 class. its awesome, Like said before you CAN run windows on it from bootcamp. dont quote me on the tech talk of it but from my understanding it acts as a different drive that you install and partition the computer up so that the drive has a certain amount of space and your osx has the majority. Works pretty well in my opinion. Never really messed around with settings and stuff but windows 7 installed on it with the 32 bit cd. I could never get the 64 to work but oh well.
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Re: Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 06 November 2010 - 07:46 PM

You can code anything on a Mac. There is no restriction.
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Re: Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 06 November 2010 - 07:50 PM

View PostJambr, on 05 November 2010 - 06:46 PM, said:

What languages can be programmed on a Macbook Pro?

Languages are not restricted based on hardware. You'll be able to code in any language that the MacOSX has a compiler,IDE, or whatever tool is required by the language you are coding for.
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Re: Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 06 November 2010 - 07:57 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 06 November 2010 - 06:50 PM, said:

View PostJambr, on 05 November 2010 - 06:46 PM, said:

What languages can be programmed on a Macbook Pro?

Languages are not restricted based on hardware. You'll be able to code in any language that the MacOSX has a compiler,IDE, or whatever tool is required by the language you are coding for.


really?
well thats cool ha. I know of a program my teacher told me about called jGrasp, but I could never get it to work on my mac. anyone have any others they'd like to share? I might wanna try them.

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Re: Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 06 November 2010 - 08:00 PM

There is a list of Java IDEs in the Java Programmers forum if you want to check it out. :)
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Re: Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 06 November 2010 - 08:05 PM

View Postmacosxnerd101, on 06 November 2010 - 07:00 PM, said:

There is a list of Java IDEs in the Java Programmers forum if you want to check it out. :)


ide must be for java? not familiar with it ha. anything for C++?
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Re: Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 06 November 2010 - 08:18 PM

IDE is an integrated Developers Environment, & most generally includes a text editor, a compiler, & some form of debugger.
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 08:20 PM

oh ok thanks for the info! ill check it out
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Re: Programming on a Macbook Pro

Posted 06 November 2010 - 09:48 PM

I am mainly interested in knowing if there is a decent IDE for C, C++, and C#. Can someone shed some light on this please?
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