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monitor sizes, resolutions and programmer's preferences

Srikanth Raghavan
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Hi Everyone,

I am definetly not a marketing manager trying to sell monitors to computer firms. I am a programmer like most of us here and I write code... I have got the following questions for you....

1) How big is your monitor screen? (15'', 17'', 19'', 21'')

2) What's the screen resolution you have set?


I am a little IDE specific here, I haven't used any other IDE than eclipse, here are my other IDE related questions.

3) What's the perspective you generally use? (Java Perspective, Java Browsing Perspective, if anything else please specify)

4) Do you maximize your text editor while you write code or you like seeing Package Explorer, Methods and other tiny windows also?

Finally, questions on the monitor's relationship with us...

5) Do you think dual monitors help us?

6) How much bigger monitor (and it's resolution) is adequate and perfect for writing code?

Here are my answers:

A1) 17 inches
A2) 1024 x 768
A3) Java Browsing
A4) Sometimes I would like to see the types, methods, packages but when I am writing a method I normally maximize my text editor.
A5) I have never tried it
A6) I have never tried a monitor bigger than 17 inches, but I am guessing 19 inches with a screen resolution of 1600 x 1200 (or whatever that combination is) would be perfect for development.

Your thoughts?

Thank you,
Srikanth
Stan James
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I started using 21" monitors in the 80s when they were quite expensive and exotic because our users had to run 4 3270 emulators and that was the only way to get the 1024x768 resolution they required. We still use them. I run my laptop at 1024x768 and my big tube at 1200xwhatever in dual-monitor mode. The only downside of the big high-res monitor is old age. The monitor is a tad too high and bifocals make it hard to take in the whole thing. I just discovered ctrl-mousewheel to quickly zoom in and out in most browsers and Microsoft products.


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Srikanth Raghavan
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The Ctrl + Mouse wheel thing, I didn't know this... Learnt something new today.

Thank you!

Guys, can you tell me your monitor setups. I am really looking forward for your answers.

Srikanth
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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I have an old (!) Samsung SyncMaster 240T which runs at its max resolution of 1920x1200. It's 24" diagonal. It's absolutely gorgeous and cost $4000 new (our customers work with CAD software and other things that really require that kind of real estate.) You can get something comparable for a lot less these days. Apple's Cinema display is what, 31" diagonal? Boy would I love one of those.

I've used workstations with two of these babies -- heaven! But here I just have one. 1024x768, when I have to use it, feels impossibly cramped to me -- you get spoiled. 1440x900 on my Powerbook feels cramped, actually.

I agree with Stan about the age thing; I just use larger fonts.

When you have your IDE maximized on a screen like this, even with a 16 pt font, there's no reason to hide the project manager, etc; there's more than enough room for 132 columns of code along with the other windows.


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Marilyn de Queiroz
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1) How big is your monitor screen? (15'', 17'', 19'', 21'')

15"

2) What's the screen resolution you have set?

1024x768 (max)

I am a little IDE specific here, I haven't used any other IDE than eclipse, here are my other IDE related questions.

3) What's the perspective you generally use? (Java Perspective, Java Browsing Perspective, if anything else please specify)

Java Perspective, Debug

4) Do you maximize your text editor while you write code or you like seeing Package Explorer, Methods and other tiny windows also?

I usually maximize my text editor, although it would be nice if Eclipse would let us minimize all but one tiny window (eg. outline or problems) without doing the "all or nothing" thing. It can be done, but it's a hassle.

Finally, questions on the monitor's relationship with us...

5) Do you think dual monitors help us?

definitely.

6) How much bigger monitor (and it's resolution) is adequate and perfect for writing code?

21" 1600x1200 dual monitors was nice when I had it. Even 17" 1280x1024 is much better than the cramped 15" 1024x768 I have now.


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Ilja Preuss
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I'm currently working with a 17'' LCD monitor, 1280 x 1024.

In my opinion, you really can't have enough pixels on your monitor. So the bigger the better. Two monitors are nice - especially while debugging!

I'm using Eclipses normal Java view, with a big editor area, package explorer on the left, some views on the bottom (console, search results, call hierarchy etc.) and others as fast views (outline, junit, synchronize...)


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Lasse Koskela
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1) How big is your monitor screen? (15'', 17'', 19'', 21'')

13" (I travel a lot...)

2) What's the screen resolution you have set?
1200x800

3) What's the perspective you generally use? (Java Perspective, Java Browsing Perspective, if anything else please specify)
Java Perspective

4) Do you maximize your text editor while you write code or you like seeing Package Explorer, Methods and other tiny windows also?
I typically don't maximize. If it doesn't fit in the tiny window, that's not a problem with monitor space. That's a problem with your code!

5) Do you think dual monitors help us?
Well, if one needs more resolution then of course a dual-head helps. Personally, most of the time, I don't feel like I need one.

6) How much bigger monitor (and it's resolution) is adequate and perfect for writing code?
For me, my 1200x800 laptop is adequate. Perfect? Probably not but, then again, you'd first have to define "perfect"...


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