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Is a T43 good for programming?

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Is a T43 good for programming?

#1 Post by Deancing_madman » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:11 am

I was wondering is T43 good for programming? :D

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Re: Is a T43 good for programming?

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:19 am

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It depends on your programming. If you do some Java, C++, etc. that requires little hardware needs and just needs a screen and keyboard, then you should. If you are doing more intensive things like 3D programming, stay clear. The T43 will not have enough power to do that. If you even try to touch Web Programming on that machine past raw HTML and CSS, well get ready for some bad performance. You should look into a T60p/Frankenpad if you want to do some more intensive stuff. The T60p is around the same price, comes with the significantly more powerful C2D cpus and still retains the 4:3 LCD. If you really need a performace boost, a Frankenpad will do, with up to 8GB RAM, fast C2D CPUs and SATA II performance.
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Re: Is a T43 good for programming?

#3 Post by edik » Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:07 pm

T43 is OK with a lightweight IDE, and an environment that can run in 2GB or less...

Best run it with Linux and IDEA and you'll get some mileage out of it (IDEA supports many languages).

Nowadays as a bare minimum I'd consider a T61p with 4GB or 8GB... a sweet machine with WUXGA... compiling would be slow'ish... but certainly usable.

Could even use this as my main machine although a bit on the slow side.

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Re: Is a T43 good for programming?

#4 Post by jaspen-meyer » Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:23 pm

It's got a great keyboard and plenty of vertical space.
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Re: Is a T43 good for programming?

#5 Post by kfzhu1229 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:27 am

As my university needs me to use Python and Pycharm, even the lightweight version of that piece of crap takes a whole 5 minutes before it is fully operational on maxed out T43p. Other versions of IDE, as well as python shell, works perfectly fine, though the newest version of which refuses to run on anything older than Windows 7 as well as linux (because Python only officially support x64 linux for the latest version)
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