Teaching Microsoft on a Mac


I was watching a session from MIX09 this morning titled “Deep Dive into Microsoft Silverlight Graphics.” The session was hosted by Seema Ramchandani and surprisingly (though, not too surprisingly) she was conducting the session from her 17″ MacBook Pro. She’s teaching the intricacies of a Microsoft product from the comfort of Mac. Wonderfully ironic!

The only reason I bring this up is that I constantly get comments from people about my MacBook while traveling through meetings and offices at Microsoft’s Redmond campus and recently at a Silverlight Training that I was conducting.  I’m sure she got lots of comments as well.  A few things are commonly agreed upon:

  1. having a MacBook in a Microsoft office is just wrong – it involves too much cross-pollination of kool-aid,
  2. MacBooks are definitely sexy,
  3. and Everybody wants one.

Everybody wants one and they want to know how it runs Windows.  “How’s the performance?”  “How’s the driver situation?” Of course, they also want to know what I like about it compared to other notebooks.  The typical “why buy a Mac?” question.

The answer really isn’t that complicated.

One of the immediate reasons that tops the list among the nerdier crowd is that as a developer I feel that I need a machine that can code for the Mac OS and for Windows.  Developers are just more 1337 that way (and coding for Mac is more important nowadays too).

I think this was a cop out for the real reason that I bought a MacBook, however.

The real reason is that I just feel a little spoiled with my MacBook.  It’s like buying an expensive car.  I bought it because I appreciate the craftsmanship, the attention paid to the details.  I don’t just “go fast” – I enjoy the ride.

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  1. Posted April 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    During the MIX sessions presented with a MAC – we made similar fun observations… MAC works fine, the overall design external and internal (UI) is just too cool and it is almost like an accessory. I guess I would say the same for the IPhone too.
    This spring I try to get some hands on experience with Adobe design tools as a software developer. I thought that might make me more creative (even artistic?) while working with Silverlight and Expression Blend… Even though I’m obviously a PC, I must admit during my Adobe sessions I really enjoy working with a MAC:)

  2. Posted April 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad you noticed too! Now that I use both platforms (PC and Mac) I can easily say that there are benefits to both. I can’t say I’m a PC or a Mac anymore.

    Good luck with Silverlight and Blend! I’m a huge Silverlight fan. I’ve been developing with it the past couple of years.

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