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Do you use MacBook Pro for Java development?

 
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Hi,

last week I decided to try to continue to develop Java projects on my older MacBook Pro 2015 13" (8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 2.6 GHz i5). My former setup which I used for 7 years was Ubuntu desktop with some quite average hardware (i5 + 16GB RAM). After one week I can say, I like macOS very much, something needed to be tuned up as shortcuts, terminal issues and so on, but in general I have been getting used to it more and more.

However, when opening my project in IntelliJ which consists of 200k lines of code, things are getting a bit slower. Running 3 Spring applications + Wildfly makes compiling slower than on desktop. Executing spring application - on desktop 6 seconds, on MacBook 13 seconds. I have never thought that I would develop on MBP at all, that's why it has so low-end hardware... I am thinking about getting either MBP 15" 2015 with i7+16GB RAM or Lenovo and getting back to Ubuntu.

My question is, does somebody here develop larger Java applications on MacBook Pro in IntelliJ? And those who have 2016 version, is touchbar making you less or more effective? I am really not a fan of touchbar, they fck up the whole MacBook with that thing (with lack of ports including).
 
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John,
Welcome to CodeRanch! I use a MacBook Pro for development with 16GB of RAM. Remaining specs here. I'm happy with it.

You are correct that 8GB isn't enough for Eclipse or IntelliJ.
 
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Yes, I do. And agree with Jeanne. 16GB needed for running IDEs and other tools.
 
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16GB on my MacBook Pro, too. I'll be going on my third MacBook refresh this year. Once you go Mac, there's no going back.
 
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Well, I'm on Mac too, but with 8GB. And not swearing or even close to, but I'm not using IntelliJ. IntelliJ indexing your source code once you open the module/project, might that causes a bit of a lag, but that I'd expect even with 16GB of RAM.

Yeah, MacOS is UNIX stability with great UX.
 
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Is it Mac OS that requires so much memory? Because my Windows machine has no trouble with 8GB, not even with a virtual machine running. That said, I use Eclipse, not IntelliJ.
 
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I run a lot of stuff!
 
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I've been using my MacBook Pro for coding for school assignments for nearly three months now and have experienced no difficulties whatsoever which I find really impressive with how much I've saved from all of my classes. Even with multiple Safari windows, PDFs, and music playing I still get no lagging for my programs.
 
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8GB is not enough for Intellj.
 
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Eli Richardson wrote:8GB is not enough for Intellj.


I have MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM, 2015 model. Switched to IntelliJ a year ago. Have no problems whatsoever.
 
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Switched to Apple three years back and never looked back.  I starting in "green screen" Unix then moved onto Linux, so really like a proper
(z)sh [oh-my-zsh] command line.  User interface is just nicer (than Linux / Windows) and for the most part seems to be designed well.  
 
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