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    Hi, I start my new job next month, entry level java developer. I have been a .Net developer ever since I got out of school. I was pondering if buying a mac book pro would be ideal for java? I've had windows laptops before and they have become clunky, slow, unexpected problems and such. I'm not an average computer user, I take care of my pc's and personally I never had nay problems before. But I recently have been working for the dep of education and they have lent me a macbook to check out and use to test our web apps. I really like it and was considering buying one. I've been a windows user all my life but I have also liked OSX. Would a macbook pro be good for java development? I'm not sure what Vanguard uses for Java development but I am sure it will most likely be windows pc's. Any ideas?

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    What's the difference? Java runs the same on both. It is just your preference of the OS.

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    I heard that apple is discontinuing idk for macs. Currently it's at 10.6 and the new version 10.7 will come out soon but Mac will not support it they say.

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    They're currently up to date I think...however with Apple's continued claims to intend no longer supporting Java I would (personally) avoid a Mac. Pity, really, since they're quite nice.

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    It depends they have said before they would not support it and have updated I 10.6 anyway. Mac os is really nice. There is always the option to dual boot or run parallels but what's the point of spending that money to run windows

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    If you're going to spend that money then you may as well think about spending the same amount on a Windows box. You should get a pretty reliable one for that.

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    Tolls is right, whatever you spend on a MAC, the same amount will get you a much better PC system. I'm using a dell I bought last year with windows 7. I've run into a few problems with it from downloading stuff off the internet but every time I've had a problem i've either done a System Restore or Windows 7 auto-repaired itself. The system I have is quad-core 2.66GHz (3.2GHz with Turbo), 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, etc... Everything opens instantly, no problems. Things get cheaper after 1 year, especially technology. But the price I paid for this system can't even get me the cheapest MAC mini from Apple's website today:

    2.4GHz : 320GB
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive1
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
    Mac OS X Snow Leopard
    Dispatched: Within 24hrs - In Stock
    Free Delivery
    612.00

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    Good point, that makes a lot of sense. I would not even need to spend as much money on a pc laptop if i were to get one with the same specs or even better than a macbook pro. I guess its just personal preference really. It's a lot of money to drop and I am considering it because I'm working here one more week before quitting so my discount would no longer be valid if I wanted a mac. I've talked to friends using java and they also use macs as well as windows boxes.

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