All the years that I’ve used a mac, I’ve been doing my programming on the mac itself. OSX itself is a unix system, so that’s fine. And with macports (or fink or that other one that I’ve forgotten) I can easily install the bunch of extra utilities that I need.
When I worked with plone, this worked really well. The only external dependencies that you had to deal with were PIL (so: libjpeg-dev and friends) and sometimes lxml’s libxslt/libxml dependencies. Especially lxml could give you grief on OSX, but with the use of the z3c.recipe.staticlxml recipe everything was fine.
Django, which I work with now, is likewise easy to install and develop for on OSX. That is, until you get to geodjango. And we’re using a whole lot of geo stuff in our websites, so you need a whole geo stack. Geos, gdal, mapnik. And often numpy and scipy. And spatialite instead of the bundled-with-python sqlite.
All of this is just a big
sudo apt-get install .... on ubuntu, but on OSX
it is grief. I managed to get it working most of the time:
Solution: use vagrant to quickly get a decently-set-up ubuntu virtual machine inside virtualbox. Now I get to use the regular ubuntu packages and everything Just Works.
In a later blog post I’ll tell you how I set it up. This one’s long enough already :-)
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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