I need to refresh my java memory (14+ yrs away) and thought that finishing the Cattle Drive would be a brilliant way to do it.
I have a Windows PC but in winter I prefer the iMac because it is in a significantly warmer location (winter in Finland).
I'm not an experienced iMac person, so I can't so easily get the iMac to do what I wish.
How difficult is it to get the JRE, SQL, Tomcat to work as desired (as used on the Cattle Drive) using an iMac? Should I take the more familar Windows PC in the 18C room with freezing floors or go ahead and use the upstairs iMac where I'd have toasty toes?
Personally, I find Macs to be a much better development platform than Windows boxes are. I do recommend setting up Homebrew first though, which is kind of a hit, but then you can use it to install Tomcat, whatever database you want to use, and even Java. (Plus hundreds of other useful things.) It just takes looking up the "formula" and pasting it into the terminal.
In other words, go for the heat! If you're still cold, bring the Windows PC upstairs and light it on fire. You'll be glad you did!