Using Macs to develop Twitter

Thu, Apr 30, 2009


Apple has an interesting writeup on the use of and preference for Macs over at Twitter HQ.  Here are a few of the more interesting excerpts:

At Twitter, software engineers use Mac systems running the most recent version of Mac OS X. Twitter was built using software tools like Ruby on Rails, which is provided as part of Mac OS X. Lead Engineer Alex Payne notes that engineers tap into other tools such as TextMate, a friendly and powerful code editor available only for the Mac…

While Twitter employees can work on whatever computer they choose, they invariably request the Mac. On the business side, staff has everything it needs using Apple and third-party software solutions. Everyone creates presentations in Keynote as well as making heavy use of Numbers and Pages, all part of the iWork application suite.

[Twitter founder Biz] Stone admits that yes, Twitter is fun. “But more importantly, the use cases we see emerging tell us that Twitter is a minimalist communication tool that is very powerful,” he says. “The Mac is the same way. It offers beautiful design, simple elegance, and a system that’s incredibly flexible and powerful to use.”

You can check out the full article over here.



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