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JonDrover
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Dec 9, 2006, 10:20 AM
 
Hey all,

Now that Macs can do windows I'm considering jumping ship. I always wanted a mac but couldn't make the switch because I needed to run Visual Studio and MSAccess. Is there anyone else out there in this situation that can convince me that I CAN buy a MacBook Pro and have the best of both worlds, or will I just be pulling my hair out in frustration?

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Dec 9, 2006, 01:16 PM
 
You should be fine, but I'd strongly recommend getting Parallels Desktop instead of dual-booting unless you know your VB apps aren't likely to work in a virtual environment. After all, you get the Mac for the OS - you might as well give yourself as many reasons to stay in OS X as possible. So long as you can get the documents out to others, you'll be fine.
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Dec 9, 2006, 02:42 PM
 
I write commercial software using VS 2005 under Parallels. Works great - you do need lots of RAM thought
     
JonDrover  (op)
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Dec 9, 2006, 03:15 PM
 
That's what I wanted to here. I'm thinking about the 17" MacBook Pro with 2GB RAM. Shold be enough RAM I guess...

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Dec 9, 2006, 04:04 PM
 
I'd go with 3GB since you're probably going to be running Parallels full time.

Unless the apps you develop are graphics-intensive (which it doesn't sound like they are), the performance in Parallels will be about the same as running on bare metal.
     
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Dec 9, 2006, 04:33 PM
 
Originally Posted by mduell View Post
I'd go with 3GB since you're probably going to be running Parallels full time.

Unless the apps you develop are graphics-intensive (which it doesn't sound like they are), the performance in Parallels will be about the same as running on bare metal.
I agree 100%. Make the switch. You will never regret it. Parallels should work just fine for you. As mduell suggested, go with 3GB or RAM. You will want to give your VM a minimum of 1GB if you are doing development in Visual Studio. Enjoy your new MBP!!!
     
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Dec 9, 2006, 04:41 PM
 
2GB or 3GB will work well with Parallels. The C# .Net product manager in our company uses a 15" MBP (with Visual Studio running in Parallels). It is typically hooked up to an external 20" LCD so that he can view his Mac software on the open laptop display and his development environment on the 20" (with Parallels running in full screen mode)
     
JonDrover  (op)
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Dec 9, 2006, 11:57 PM
 
Thanks guys, I'm going to put the order in tomorrow. I think I'll try 2GB to start and upgrade if needed.

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