I use my Mac laptop a lot. Especially as my desktop with Linux on it ages and slows my Mac has really stepped up as my computer of choice while at home. But that doesn’t change my attitude toward software. Depsite being closed in a lot of repects the kernel is still open source and the system is fully UNIX compatible. So it’s like the best of both worlds in a way.
In my quest to make Mac as friendly to me as possible though I’ve noticed some things seem to be missing. An open source version of the program TOAD for Oracle just doesn’t exist on the Mac. I don’t use Oracle at home, mainly MySQL, but the program doesn’t exist regardless of what database you use. While I generally do a lot of work in Vim (at work or at home) I also find that writing SQL using SQL’s sad version of code completetion is quite helpful. Also what Toad calls the “Scheme Browser” would be something great to have as well. Now, there is a program called Tora. But, it’s only for Oracle databases, and is primarly designed, as far as I can tell, as a Windows program. It does compile and run fine on Linux I suppose but there is not currently a supported version of it for Mac. Not to mention it’s Oracle only.
Now I’m not an idiot. I realize as a Mac user who prefers open source software I’m in an extreme minority. As if finding good software for the Mac isn’t hard enough, finding the open source version only lowers your choices that much more.
Enjoy the Penguins!