Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:It shouldn't take that long. Can you check if your machine is maxed out on CPU or memory when you are trying to compile? I suspect memory.
Bear Bibeault wrote:There is a program called Activity Monitor in the Applications/Utilities folder that can help you look at CPU and memory usage.
4G isn't a lot of memory, but things still shouldn't be that slow. (That said, I don't use eclipse).
If your Air is expandable, more memory will always help.
Andrew Monkhouse wrote:It's also worthwhile looking at what plugins you have running in Eclipse. If you don't need a particular plugin then either delete it or disable it. The more plugins, the slower it is to start, and the more work it does.
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:As a reference point, I have 8GB RAM and my Eclipse is fine.
Bear Bibeault wrote:If you purchase a new Mac, I'd go with 16GB. You will not be sorry.
Michael Matola wrote:Heh. I bought a new Mac (Book Pro) in the fall with 16GB RAM. I am not sorry!
Michael Matola wrote:So I got the 13-inch with the base processor (2.7GHz) and the 256GB of storage. You see such a model on this page, priced at $1499
That page shows standard configurations that they stock at Apple stores and are generally available for immediate shipping when purchased online.
But if you go ahead and start the purchase process by clicking the Buy Now link or just going to this page
then clicking Select, you get Built to Order (BTO) options, where, for example, you can increase the RAM to 16GB for $200, which is what I did. So the final price was $1699. (Actually it was lower for me because I'm eligible for the educational discount.) You can bump up the processor on that screen too. If you want more storage, you'd need to pick that a few screens back. BTOs generally take a few weeks to arrive. Note that you can have them delivered to your local Apple store, and they'll let you know when it arrives at the store.
I tend to use a computer for a long time before replacing, so it makes sense for me to bump up the memory on initial purchase, especially when dealing with a computer whose memory is not upgradeable.