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Standard User micksharpe
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 19-Jan-12 19:32:30
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15" or 17" MacBook Pro? Options?

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(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 19-Jan-12 21:13:29
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What about a Mac Mini?
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(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 19-Jan-12 21:16:36
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Demonstrating at interview could be a bit messy. Besides, I hear that they're not good value for money.

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Standard User AEP
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 19-Jan-12 21:23:28
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No Mac is good value for money. But if you already have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor then a Mini is cheaper than a MacBook (even if you don't, those items are pretty cheap) - and you'll get a bigger display. I can't imagine using Xcode on anything less than a 19" monitor. And life would be very difficult with a trackpad instead of a mouse.

I take your point about interviews, but I'm sure they would have a monitor and keyboard you could use. And a Mac Mini is actually more portable than a MacBook.
Standard User jdowning640
(committed) Thu 19-Jan-12 21:27:19
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Anyone that says that a Mac isn't good value for money is wrong in my opinion. I said to myself a few years ago that I'd never move to Mac & that they're too expensive, however after taking the plunge after visiting the Apple Store, I can say I'd never go back to a PC.

I currently have an iPod, iPad, iPhone, iMac & a MacBook Pro 13" - suffice to say that these are the best bits of technology I have spent my money on.

I use Xcode quite frequently for iOS application development - it works grand on a 13" MBP however I could use that extra bit of screen real estate and I think 15" would be just right.

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(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 19-Jan-12 21:27:46
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Unconnected with your question, but if you are looking at iOS programming, can I recommend the excellent series of lectures iPad and iPhone Application Programming from Stanford on the iTunes University.
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(freechataholic) Fri 20-Jan-12 19:54:03
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Duff advice Mick. I'd be pretty fed up if somebody turned up wanting a keyboard and a screen.
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(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 20-Jan-12 20:09:17
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Obviously. They moan if you ask for an Internet connection. I'd probably need 3G as well. crazy

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(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 20-Jan-12 20:54:07
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I appreciate your need for a laptop. I wouldn't recommend a 13" screen for Xcode, but maybe your eyesight is better than mine. And you'll need the biggest screen that you can afford if you are going to use it for demos without plugging in to an external monitor. I must say that if someone was demonstrating software to me I'd expect them to use a proper monitor rather than having to crowd round a laptop.

I still recommend you have a look at that course on iOS development.
Standard User w4man
(freechataholic) Sat 21-Jan-12 08:05:32
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You haven't heard of projectors?
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