Re: Anyone use a Mac day to day at work?
Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2011 11:44:06 +1000
I shuttle between a Macbook Pro and my Debian work station. The main problem with the Mac is the unavailability of up-to-date Oracle client/database software. Installing the existing mac version (10g for leopard, I believe) on Snow Leopard was an experience, and it will be more so on Lion I'm sure... Also the 12c listener could well not support connections from the 10g client anymore..
The entire GNU set of tools, as well as a large array of "linux" gui tools, is ported to the mac by the macports project, so that you are not limited to one platform anymore. It can be a challenge to setup X access to get e.g. the Oracle installer to display on the Mac's desktop, but it does work - after all Darwin is a True UNIX.
As for TOAD (overrated imho - it's bloated), there is tORA which is available from sourceforge for Windows, Linux and the Mac. I've used it ever since about a decade ago, when they merged SQL*Navigator functionality into the Tool for Oracle Application Developers..
Web-based VPN software (e.g. CISCO) tends to be fickle as it tends to relies on certain java versions and breaks with others. The issue with company requirements, such as applets which use Windows APIs, remains a problem. That's why we run Windows on VMWare Fusion, but the issue remains as the currently available Windows 7 is not compatible with may of the old crappy software.. Perhaps you can talk them into providing you with a VM that has the company SOE installed on it to allow you to interface with such software, though. Virtual Box is also available for the Mac, but I haven't used it personally
On 03/11/11 21:10, Guillermo Alan Bort wrote:
> As a Linux fan boy I'm very sorry to say that Windows make for a better
> platform to support Oracle. There were versions of OEM that weren't
> entirely compatible with latest Firefox Versions (I usually use autoupdates
> so I'm pretty much in the latest "stable" version). There's also the
> question of Toad... I don't know if there's a Mac version (
> but I don't think so. And Toad is as far from the rest of the IDEs as
> Oracle from the rest of the RDBMS... sure, there are niches who think "tora
> is better" or "sql developer is enough" but in the end TOAD simply has the
> most features.
> Then there's the question of other crappy company software. For instance we
> use some crappy ticket management system that only works on windows. The
> same goes for the vpn software (though there is a linux alternative it's
> far more complicated to set up).
> So, going with either Mac or Linux in my case would end requiring
> virtualization for critical company software, and that is why (since I'm
> not a designer and Photoshop, Final Cut and Dreamweaver are not the tools I
> work with) I cannot even justify an exception to get authorization to
> install linux.
> Now, don't take this the wrong way, but are you entirely sure that working
> on a Mac will be better for you?
> On Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 2:19 AM, Dave<david.best_at_gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> Just wondering if anyone uses a Mac day to day support Oracle
>> environments. I need to put together a justification to get one at work
>> and apparently, "Just cause its better" isn't good enough. ;)
>> If your using a mac day to day, why did you switch? Are there any
>> features that make supporting Oracle or Linux environments easier?