It’s no surprise that Dell computers are primarily designed with Windows in mind, since Microsoft remains in a position of power within the market and almost every professional programmer is used to working with Windows. However, Dell have also launched two laptops aimed squarely at developers – the XPS 13 and Precision M3800 – and the most striking feature of these new models is that they run Ubuntu.
This is not really that shocking since Ubuntu have a long history of working closely with Dell to get their system onto machines that are designed to support it fully. These devices mark the fourth generation of Dell laptops that have been specifically designed to work with Ubuntu, and again they have been planned and manufactured with professional developers in mind. The cloud computing features offered by the operating system fit in well with what Dell has been leaning towards in recent years, and this is something developers have benefitted from with previous generations of similar laptops. Read more
All professionals require the right set of tools to excel at their work, and the same is certainly true of web developers. The right laptop is going to find the perfect balance between performance, energy efficiency, portability, durability, visual appeal and a host of other factors, making your workload feel that much lighter. A poor choice is going to do the opposite, and hinder your efforts when you should be achieving great things. Whether you need to carry your laptop with you everywhere and work while on the move, or you’re looking at heavy duty models to replace your tower PC, weighing up the advantages of different models will give you a better chance of finding the ideal one for your work.
Step 1: Pick Your Operating System
This has to be the first step before you narrow down your selection any further. The requirements of your work might determine whether you’re better with the creative capabilities of an Apple MacBook, depending on how you get on with its intuitive interface and hefty price tag. Instead you might opt for the wider range of customisation options you can get with a laptop running Windows, since Microsoft still enjoy a market share of well over 80% and almost everything remains compatible with new versions of Windows. Alternatively you might opt for Linux if you need to heavily customise your system, or Chrome OS which is great for lightweight tasks if your computer needs to be portable. Read more
In most of the biggest tech companies in the world, Apple computers are the accepted norm for anything work related. Even at Microsoft, Macs are favoured! But what are the benefits for programmers and developers of sticking with PCs running Windows, Linux or something else entirely when stacked up against Apple’s advantages?
Apple probably offer the best all-round support for a variety of different platforms from the get-go. Using a Mac you can develop software or websites for iOS, Android and pretty much any desktop operating system without any special configurations. Essential tools widely used in creative professions such as Adobe CC suite are fully available and compatible with Macs, which is a great benefit over something like Linux. Ultimately for many designers and developers, it comes down to the sleek and attractive designs of Apple laptops and devices, since their aesthetic is so integral to the power of the tech giant’s brand and represents everything the operating system stands for when it comes to slick, reliable efficiency. Read more