Leopard: things I like and things I dislike, a developer perspective
It's more than a full day working on Leopard right now. So, here are my first impressions on what I like and what I don't like from a developer perspective.What I like:
- Time Machine. Easy, almost everyone paid lip service to TM. But it's still impressive when you look at it
- Dtrace and Instruments. This is a joy for developers. More on this in next posts, in the meanwhile have a look at Bryan Cantrill blog, dtrace creator
- Spaces. Another easy one. Bye bye buggy Virtue Desktop, welcome pre-organized spaces (yes, you can assign applications to predefined spaces)
- Terminal. You won't need anymore iTerm to tail logs in tabbed windows.
- Calendar icon now shows the real date and not 17 of July!
- Ruby/Rails out of the box. Very nice to have ruby/rails integrated. Well, I would have preferred a java 6 virtual machine, but it's nonetheless a nice feature. Not as much as the Calendar icon, but a good one :). Jokes aside, is nice that ruby apps on apple are also Dtraceable.
- No Java 6. No workarounds: but java 5 looks very fast, and rumors are that we will see java 6 very soon. (hopefully with fast opengl rendered Swing, working Java Sound and a lot of dtrace probes)
- PostgreSql from MacPorts failed to compile, and I still hadn't had time to see why
- The 3D Dock looks ugly. Easy workaround: simply type "defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES" and then a "killall Dock" in the command line
- The tranlucent menu looks ugly too. This isn't easily and completely solved right now
- Skype works only the first time! This happens because Skype self-modifies itself after the first launch, and the app signing mechanism break. Either wait for Skype folks to solve it or reinstall with the firewall disabled. More info here.
- Intellij Idea 7.0.1 can't be assigned to a space :(