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I wasnt sure if i should post this in this forum or the programming forum but here goes. I think I am going to buy a Macbook Pro for school. Since I am going to be a computer science major i was wondering if Macs have the same programming capabilities as Windows does. Also, I want to install XP or Vista (for DX10) as a dual boot. Will I still be able to program in Dos? Ive never had a Mac and I am a total noob when it comes to Macs.
post #2 of 13
Boot camp works great and is completely compadible so any program you need to run should run under a boot camped windows. As far as programming within OSX there ane great Programming applications for almost any language. What languages do you need?
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Boot camp works great and is completely compadible so any program you need to run should run under a boot camped windows. As far as programming within OSX there ane great Programming applications for almost any language. What languages do you need?
I'm not exactly sure what language we will be using in the future. I know in this upcoming quarter we will be doing C+. The thing is we will be starting the program in a lab and i want it to be compatible so i can save it and take it home with me to finish.
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You should be able to save the actual lines of code and open them up with a Windows machine. I know for a fact that all C languages work aswell as Java. Past that I'm sure there are applications for other languages. I'm a mechanical engineer so I have some basic programming experience. Nothing like whats in store for you
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Xcode is a package supported by Mac that I just d/led for my Macbook Pro that works great. Also, like galil said, Boot Camp should work also. There is a terminal emulator also - I'm not sure how much of a Dos support you'd need, but everything I program in that requires a Dos-like prompt works under the terminal emulator. Hope that helps. If you run into problems, let me know. Welcome to the Mac world.
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For programming, you want to go with a windows based note book, unless you want to major in basic LAF!!! You could erase windows and put on Linux, works great !
    
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Ok thanks. What windows should i get? I think i want to get Vista just because its DX10 compatible and newer. I also could use Windows XP and when my school starts to sell copies of Vista for cheap i can buy that. I think they are going to start this summer around late july.
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Parallels is great aswell. I have an app that makes my OSX desktop into a cube with 4 sides an I can spin between them. 3 are OSX and I have the 4th running a fullscreened window of my boot camp windows running on the program Parallels. Works great!
post #9 of 13
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I think i am going to go with a Macbook Pro with the new Santa Rosa Intel and the 8600m GT. I'm going to run Mac OSX and dual boot Vista Home Premium maybe XP until my school starts selling student versions of Vista.

I had it narrowed down to a Macbook Pro or a Asus G1S. I was always against Macs in the past but i have been reading alot about them and they sound freakin sweet.
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It should work in dos, but when you start using the OS itself you will find some problems like no right click button, unsupported keys and even hardware
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