As machines for development, what opinion do Macs deserve?
Best I've used.
Top of the food chain!
I have never used a Mac but they do look good. They are just too expensive.
Incredible, not-get-in-your-way notebooks.
I don't think any other manufacturing company is close to replacing macbooks as my daily programming machine.
My primary rig is a mac. Windows feels really clunky.
They are perfectly fine. Software written on a Mac is just as good as any other software. Some things are easier on a Mac, some things are harder. I couldn't justify the cash for something I don't feel I could tinker with as much, and I'm not sure they are value for money, but they are very pretty bits of kit and I wouldn't turn one down if someone else was paying.
Great machines since they are *nix based. The development world is moving to open source, cloud based solutions based on *nix system at a blistering pace and Mac works with those libraries and platforms easily.
No idea, never used one.
if there is good diff tools and editors, i love it.
specially diff tool is weak.
Macs are in some sense the best of two worlds. I've mentioned already that windows is too restrictive for dev. As a result, a lot of programmer tend to stay away from it. The problem with doing this is that most business software is written for windows and don't always have a linux counterpart, at least not one that doesn't need to be rebuilt or configured or otherwise tinkered around with for several hours. This is a lot of time and effort for businesses to invest for what they consider is a trivial matter (programmer's preference of dev environment).
Macs on the other hand bridge the gap between the Linux world and the PC world. Business software tends to work on them (albeit not as well as they do on windows, but well enough) and they run a UNIX environment (devs are happy). So they tend to be a good compromise.
Are they awesome? I wouldn't say that just yet. There are several things that need to change to make a mac more developer friendly, but as it stands, it's definitely head and shoulders about windows from a professional programming perspective
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