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need fast machine to develop webobjects?

 
Stephen Huey
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If you just wanted to play with WebObjects to start learning it, would the Mac Mini or an iBook be ok, or do you need a G4 or G5 desktop?
 
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To be quite honest, development in general is not very taxing on a machine -- especially compared to something like video editing or Doom 3.

The faster the machine, the faster things like large builds will finish obviously, but just about any modern Mac will be fine for development work.

At 1.25 GHz (or 1.42 for a little extra), the mini should be more than adequate as a development platform.

I used to do most of my development on a 500MHz G3 iBook -- the modern G4 1.2GHz or 1.33GHz will have the chops for the job for sure.
[ February 02, 2005: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
 
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What if you run an application server and a RDBMS and an IDE and a bunch of browser windows and ...? On my Windows laptop with 512MB memory and a 2GHz CPU, I'm constantly annoyed by things freezing up whenever I redeploy a web application to a locally running web container (Tomcat, Resin, etc.), for example. I guess it's pretty much dependent on what kind of software you're running in addition to "just the IDE"...
 
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Lasse Koskela:

What if you run an application server and a RDBMS and an IDE and a bunch of browser windows and ...?

In my experience, the problems are more often related to lack of memory than lack of processor speed. I run all of those things on my desktop Mac, which has an 867MHz processor (maybe equivalent to 1.7GHz Pentium 3/4). The only time I have problems is when Apache is serving big videos resulting in a lot of swapping to disk.

Even then, while things slow down, they don't come to a complete stop. The Mac's Unix underpinnings are pretty good at managing multiple processes.
 
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Originally posted by Warren Dew:
In my experience, the problems are more often related to lack of memory than lack of processor speed.

Definitely. The biggest bottlenecks on my Wintel laptop for pretty much any use I have is either memory or disk operations. Then again, I don't do any graphics or 3D stuff -- that might skew the picture a bit.

Originally posted by Warren Dew:
...an 867MHz processor (maybe equivalent to 1.7GHz Pentium 3/4).

Ah. I've been long wondering about the basis for these "equivalences". Care to shed some light on them? What is it that makes a 900MHz G4 be equivalent to a 1700MHz Intel/AMD?
 
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