I use winuae a lot for writing tunes and coding. Loads of reasons why but the main one is you have complete access to all the files. Means you can instantly tranfer stuff in and out of the environment.
I have an a1200 but decided to buy an a600 on eBay this week due to finding out that a bug in winuae meant my music disk never worked on the system it was intended for!!!! Also I'm working on an Amiga live act which means I need two of them ! Also, it was £40!!!! Bargin