I *heart* SWT Cocoa

I *heart* SWT Cocoa

A good portion of the EclipseSource technical team use MacBook Pro’s for their development machines. We are doing our best helping the SWT team in testing the Cocoa port. As the Eclipse 3.5M6 milestone gets closer, the SWT team is converging on finishing the Cocoa port which just has me thrilled! It should have you thrilled too, because you can finally do things like use Java 1.6 in your projects! If you have any projects or products that run on the Mac, you should consider testing out the Cocoa port now so the SWT team has time to react. In particular, Kevin Barnes has been helpful in testing out some of the popular RCP applications (i.e., XMind, RSSOwl) on Cocoa to see how they perform. Feel free to catch him on Twitter, he’s really responsive to SWT Cocoa related questions (especially when you bring stacktraces)!


On a funny side note, Jeff McAffer recently got a new shiny MacBook Pro. As someone who was used to the first painful week of using a Mac, here are some quotes I’d like to share describing the conversion process:

“!@#$%^& mouse acceleration, how do I turn it off!”
“!@#$, where’s the print screen key?”
“seriously? four !@#$%^& modifier keys?”
“!@#$, does delete mean backspace or !@#$”

Anyone else have some good quotes from their first experience with a Mac ;)?

  • Eric Rizzo
    Posted at 17:36, 2009-03-05

    I’ve been using my first MacBook (sadly, not one of the new ones) for about 2 weeks now and feel some of Jeff’s pains (and several others).
    How *do* you accomplish what Backspace is *supposed* to do? I’ve yet to figure that one out…

  • Posted at 17:43, 2009-03-05

    “Where are the $#%^*@ Home and End keys?!”

  • Posted at 18:23, 2009-03-05

    Eric: if delete is backspace, func+delete is delete. I can’t remember which way it goes.

    ps – I want to hear more about me. 😉

  • Eric Rizzo
    Posted at 19:48, 2009-03-05

    Thanks, Kevin – I’ll give that a try when I get home.
    Dave, in case you really don’t know…on my MacBook Pro’s built-in keyboard the Home and End are modifiers on the left and right arrow keys.
    Chris – How about a blog on the correct and various (humorous?) mis- pronunciations of your name. I hate not knowing what to call you in my head whenever I read your name.

  • Posted at 20:20, 2009-03-05

    The missing home and end keys are also one of my “favourites”. A while back, I tried to convince my father to not buy a Notebook that has no Home/End keys. I said “I’d *never* buy a notebook without proper Home/End, since I need them all the time”. I am writing this comment on a MacBook Pro – *without* proper Home/End keys…

    The most funny thing though is that some Mac-users really do not understand why you would like to have a Delete key.

    In continuation of Chris’ list:

    “Where’s the $#%^* @-key?”
    “$#%^*, why do the windows disappear if I double-click the title bar?”
    “$#%^*, why doesn’t CMD-TAB / ALT-TAB work how it is *supposed* (i.e. Windows-like) to be?”

    But then, you’ve got to love the slick looks of the case and the Apple on the back of the cover 🙂

  • Andiwan Larobi
    Posted at 16:41, 2009-03-06

    When I switched I was really long on the search for an “uninstall manager” or something! Could’nt believe to put it simply in the trash…