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    Desktop versus Laptop PC for Programming

    There very well be a relevant thread on this topic, but I cannot seem to find one. Long story short - I am starting a few years of programming/computer science schooling in September and I am most definitely in need of a new computer. I much rather work on a desktop, however, I know I am missing out on the convenience of having a laptop at school. What is the ideal programming choice? With a student loan coming in, the possibility of getting both a desktop and a laptop (price dependant) is on the table.

    Just hoping for outside opinions!

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    Well, it depends on what you will be programming in. I have a MacBook Pro that I can use programming PHP, I use Sublime text 2 - which is very good by the way - and that doesn't use up much system resources. I also have XAMPP running on there with a full Apache web server and Mysql server too and it is fine.

    If you are doing something like VB.NET or C#, maybe even Java - something like that, I did this without too much hassle on a 4GB RAM 1.6GHz AMD laptop (2009 model). It could have been a bit faster, but it still went quite well.

    If you are going to be getting it for school, you probably won't be writing anything too excessive so I would think a laptop would be fine. You will want one with a good battery life too. I am a Mac person so Ill recommend a Macbook because mine will last at least 5 hours with moderate use. Some of the newer ones will probably last even longer. You also have the option to run Windows as well on a Mac using bootcamp.

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    The medium used to write programs is more about convenience than anything else. If you are going to be away from your residence alot, then the preference would lean more towards a laptop. I know that when I was going through school I was really just spending time at home sleeping. The rest of my time was divided between work and school. My job did not have a problem with me doing homework while working, so my ideal choice was a laptop.

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    What's your current setup and how much do you want to spend?


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