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    Default Question to veteran/experienced programmers (Mac vs PC)

    Hey guys,

    I have two simple questions, that may or may not have simple answers. I don't want this to start a heated debate between people with different preferences. I apologize if anything gets out of hand, I really just want a satisfactory answer (one that I have not been able to find on google) because I am trying to choose what laptop I should buy next. You can probably already infer what I'm going to ask based on the post title:

    1. Which one is better for programming, Mac or PC?
    2. Why are so many programmers beginning to switch from PC to mac? (this may or may not be answered by question 1)


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    PS: I wanted to be concise with my questions, if you want me to elaborate I definitely can!

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    Default Re: Question to veteran/experienced programmers (Mac vs PC)

    I have a feeling the hard-code professionals are going to recommend Linux :/

    Me, I'm a Windows guy, but then I'm not a programmer ;)

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    Default Re: Question to veteran/experienced programmers (Mac vs PC)

    Quote Originally Posted by Henray View Post
    1. Which one is better for programming, Mac or PC?
    No difference. At all.

    2. Why are so many programmers beginning to switch from PC to mac? (this may or may not be answered by question 1)
    What's your proof that this is true? I see -people- switch more to Apple, not programmers specifically. And that is only logical since Apple has greatly increased in name and popularity (and are now on the downward slope again).

    Push comes to shove, MacOS just breaks down less than Windows or Linux based graphical user shells. Note my choice of words.

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    Default Re: Question to veteran/experienced programmers (Mac vs PC)

    I wouldn't be surprised to find that a lot of developers started developing on Macs in the past few years if only because of the iPhone/iPad app thing. I don't think you can actually develop for those platforms without one.

    Of course, "a lot" is nicely vague...
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    Default Re: Question to veteran/experienced programmers (Mac vs PC)

    Sure you can develop for iOS on Windows. Generally you test against an emulator, even when running on MacOS. In the area of game development you can use Unity (C#) or LibGDX (Java) to target iOS in a platform-independent way.

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    Default Re: Question to veteran/experienced programmers (Mac vs PC)

    Well my previous roommate was trying to convince me that Macs were far superior when it came to programming because of (in his words) how much better and more efficient (amongst various other reasons I didn't care to remember) the Mac OS was written.
    It just made me think if it was worth buying and learning how to use the Mac OS (interface, shortcuts, hotkeys, commands... etc) or just sticking to my PC.

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    Default Re: Question to veteran/experienced programmers (Mac vs PC)

    I hate people that think tools make the difference. Its such an incredible kick in the nuts.

    No, programmers (or rather - software engineers) make the difference! Us! We do! I'll perform magic using bloody Dos 5.2 if I have to.

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    Default Re: Question to veteran/experienced programmers (Mac vs PC)

    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    Sure you can develop for iOS on Windows. Generally you test against an emulator, even when running on MacOS. In the area of game development you can use Unity (C#) or LibGDX (Java) to target iOS in a platform-independent way.
    And there was me thinking Jobs had managed to keep his iOS locked down from pollution by the unclean...:)
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    Default Re: Question to veteran/experienced programmers (Mac vs PC)

    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    I hate people that think tools make the difference. Its such an incredible kick in the nuts.

    No, programmers (or rather - software engineers) make the difference! Us! We do! I'll perform magic using bloody Dos 5.2 if I have to.
    Well, to people newer to the field I guess it doesn't make a difference. So like somebody said earlier, it's probably just the GUI of the Macs that are more appealing to most, which is why people are switching over? I can't really provide any quantifiable evidence, but I attend a University where 80% (+/- 10%) of people who own laptops use Macs, which is why I thought it would be okay to generalize and say a lot of people are converting to Macs.

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    Default Re: Question to veteran/experienced programmers (Mac vs PC)

    Exactly - people (generally), not programmers (specifically). But I do believe your living area also helps to boost that, because the US is a good market for Mac computers. It would be only logical that Apple also does well in Canada then.

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