First impressions of OS X Mountain Lion – it does not break my Java development

I love upgrades to the Mac OS which usually bring lots of new features to try and a shiny fresh look – and Mountain Lion (released today) has lots of these. But I also like my current setup to carry on working (so I can carry on working). So it was with some slight trepidation that I choose the upgrade option for the new version of Mac OS X…

So I am very pleased to report that after a very smooth install, I needed minimal changes to get back to work. When I ran IDEA for the first time it asked to install a Java6 runtime (which it did automatically for me) and then ran without issue. Firing up Eclipse and NetBeans were totally hassle free and I have yet to find any issues with running my Java code.

The only issue I did find was that I use Mercurical and I needed to reinstall this (the latest version at http://mercurial.berkwood.com/ works without issue). So 2 minor reinstalls and I am back to work on Java on my Mac (when maybe slightly distracted by the new features). A new security feature in Mountain Lion means that you will need to change security settings to allow the software to install.

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Mountain Lion seems like an excellent update for 20 US dollars, but my favourite feature is that it does not break any of my work tools. What do you think of Mountain Lion?

 

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Mark Stephens

System Architect and Lead Developer at IDRSolutions
Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.
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About Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

3 thoughts on “First impressions of OS X Mountain Lion – it does not break my Java development

  1. I am a Mac zealot but I feel Mountain Lion launch is non event!
    No wow effect!

  2. The Cloud features are quite interesting and it is nice to see Safari finally follow Chrome and use the URL box for search – lots of minor useful stuff.

    What we really need is a touchscreen Mac and then we could get some cool stuff!

    What could they add for a wow effect?

    Regards,

    MArk

  3. Mitch P

    Hey Mark,

    I think this article would land really well with the large audience at Javalobby (java.dzone.com) Would you be interested in republishing this with a linkback to this post? Shoot me an email if you are.

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