I code primarily on a Dell Latitude D620 running Windows 7. It has 3GB of RAM, a Core 2 Duo CPU running at 1.66GHz (which also runs extremely hot), and a 250GB hard drive. I like to have it sitting in it’s dock with another monitor attached, but usually I just use it by itself.
Do I wish for a sleek, amazing Macbook Pro? Of course. In fact, I would go so far as to say I yearn for a Mac. But this laptop gets the job done.
I can wish all day for a new laptop (and I usually do), but that doesn’t change the fact that this laptop still works. A piece of advice that I can offer when trying to learn how to code is do so in the environment that you are currently in. Using a 486 computer that’s fifteen years old running Windows 3.1 with a monitor running 640×480? Go for it! One of the best ways to learn code is simply to write it! Amazing, right? Daily writing some form of code can be a challenge but it’s the best way to learn.
I’m organizing some more links to share to continue on with this “learning” theme. I’ll get that posted soon.