Yup. Me, who wants to do Rails/.NET/Java work, spent a wad on a Mac. Some of you may be asking, "Why?"
Simple. The Mac OS X operating system in a very classy and functional chassis.
My objective: develop Rails apps and deploy them into a virtual machine. Without Windows interference.
So, tonight I downloaded VMWare Fusion for the Mac (as well as Parallel Desktop, a competitor) and installed them both. I then poked around and, lo, here's a virtual application available with both Rails and Merb already installed on it.
What th' heck! So I downloaded the Rails/Merb virtual image and had VMWare install and run it. Voila! I could browse both the Rails and the Merb instances inside the VMWare virtual machine in my Mac! I could also ssh to the virtual machine and modify the programs inside.
So, I'm well on my way to "throwing the rope across the canyon." When I do my first deployment to the virtual machine, I will feel as though I've made it.
Hey. My wife just brought in the Vista Ultimate DVD package, so I'm now gonna mount that in the MacBook as well.