SV: [thelist] Development platform

Geoff Sheridan web2k2 at
Wed Sep 17 08:51:55 CDT 2003

Mac OS X is a superb web development platform.

For browser testing you can run KDE natively to text Linux/Unix, and 
VirtualPC allows better PC testing than a PC. (Can run multiple IE 
versions simultaneously) I can run IE 5, 5.5, 6, all the Mac 
browsers, Konquerer and Lynx simultaneously on a machine which is 
also a web server.Sweet. VPC isn't quick enough for doing much work 
in, but for testing and occasional use is good enough - KDE runs 
quick as anything.

For web development it is basically BSD Unix and so you get apache, 
php, ssi, perl et al running more or less out of the box. Most Unix 
software is available via FINK, and you can basically run it as if it 
were a Linux box - but you won't want to because the Mac OS is really 
nice. BBEdit is a superb text editor for HTML, PHP PERL etc.

For web design, unlike linux, it runs Photoshop, Dreamweaver, 
Fireworks and such.

Not right for everyone, say if you need to play with ISS or ASP.NET.


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