Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd May 2014 18:21 UTC, submitted by Shane
General Development

I was at the OpenStack Summit this week. The overwhelming majority of OpenStack deployments are Linux-based, yet the most popular laptop vendor (by a long way) at the conference was Apple. People are writing code with the intention of deploying it on Linux, but they're doing so under an entirely different OS.

But what's really interesting is the tools they're using to do so. When I looked over people's shoulders, I saw terminals and a web browser. They're not using Macs because their development tools require them, they're using Macs because of what else they get - an aesthetically pleasing OS, iTunes and what's easily the best trackpad hardware/driver combination on the market. These are people who work on the same laptop that they use at home. They'll use it when they're commuting, either for playing videos or for getting a head start so they can leave early. They use an Apple because they don't want to use different hardware for work and pleasure.

Apple's laptops are still the best PCs money can buy at the moment (despite their horribly outdated displays). It's no wonder Linux developers, too, favour them.

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Earl Colby pottinger
Member since:
2005-07-06

Are sure? Do you have a reference on how to do this on a Mac?

Reading the WIKI page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X it clearly says queries have been added to Finder and are real-time but I don't know if this means the same as under BeOS or Haiku-OS. The main reason I am questioning this is if I am reading https://github.com/bevry/watchr/issues/48 which seems to imply you have to setup which files to watch where as BeOS/Haiku-OS will do a global watch for you.

On the other hand if the Mac can be set to monitor a folder and all it's sub-folders only I do consider that a big plus as Haiku-OS only let's me monitor on a partition level so I have to setup virtual drives to monitor selected folders only.

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whartung Member since:
2005-07-06

Seems to me that a Mac OS X "Smart Folder" is a persistent, realtime file system query. There's a whole mess of criteria you can query on.

Spotlight on the Mac is a great facility that works really well, quietly in the background. It's just one of the great features for development on the Mac.

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Earl Colby pottinger Member since:
2005-07-06

Thank you, using the term Smart Folders got me the info.

And it looks good.

Also looks like Tracker's 'FIND' needs more work to keep up.

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