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Alternatives to IntelliJ IDEA

Eclipse, PhpStorm, Android Studio, PyCharm, and WebStorm are the most popular alternatives and competitors to IntelliJ IDEA.
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What is IntelliJ IDEA and what are its top alternatives?

Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.
IntelliJ IDEA is a tool in the Integrated Development Environment category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to IntelliJ IDEA

  • Eclipse

    Eclipse

    Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform. ...

  • PhpStorm

    PhpStorm

    PhpStorm is a PHP IDE which keeps up with latest PHP & web languages trends, integrates a variety of modern tools, and brings even more extensibility with support for major PHP frameworks. ...

  • Android Studio

    Android Studio

    Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready. ...

  • PyCharm

    PyCharm

    PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes! ...

  • WebStorm

    WebStorm

    WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript. ...

  • NetBeans IDE

    NetBeans IDE

    NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers. ...

  • Visual Studio

    Visual Studio

    Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications. ...

  • GoLand

    GoLand

    Cross-platform IDE focused on Go development. It makes it very easy to read, write and change the code. Out of the box support it supports technologies and databases such as Javascript, TypeScript, React, PostgresSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, etc. ...

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Eclipse

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PROS OF ECLIPSE
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    Does it all
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    Integrates with most of tools
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    Easy to use
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    Java IDE
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    Best Java IDE
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    Open source
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    Hard for newbews
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    Great code suggestions
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    Lightweight
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    Great gdb integration
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    Extensible
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    Good Git client allowing direct stage area edit
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    Professional
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    True open source with huge contribution
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    Works with php
CONS OF ECLIPSE
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    2000 Design
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    Bad performance
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    Hard to use

related Eclipse posts

christy craemer

UPDATE: Thanks for the great response. I am going to start with VSCode based on the open source and free version that will allow me to grow into other languages, but not cost me a license ..yet.

I have been working with software development for 12 years, but I am just beginning my journey to learn to code. I am starting with Python following the suggestion of some of my coworkers. They are split between Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA for IDEs that they use and PyCharm is new to me. Which IDE would you suggest for a beginner that will allow expansion to Java, JavaScript, and eventually AngularJS and possibly mobile applications?

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Dean Stringer

Have been a Visual Studio Code user since just after launch to the general public, having used the likes of Eclipse and Atom previously. Was amazed how mature it seemed off the bat and was super intrigued by the bootstrapped nature of it having been written/based on Electron/TypeScript, and of course being an open-source app from Microsoft. The features, plugin ecosystem and release frequency are very impressive. I do dev work on both Mac and Windows and don't use anything else now as far as IDEs go.

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PhpStorm

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PROS OF PHPSTORM
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    Best ide for php
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    Easy to use
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    Functionality
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    Plugins
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    Code analysis
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    Integrated version control
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    Great php ide for mac
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    All-round php ide
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    Local history
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    Themes
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    Best PHP IDE
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    Database control
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    Easy to find anything and everything in your code
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    Best bebugging
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    Best inspection variable
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    Great frameworks integration
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    PHPUnit integration
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    Getting Better
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    UX
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    Command line integration
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    Composer integration
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    Performance
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    Coolest IDE
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    Real time code validation
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    Easy to use and github interaction
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    Neat does the job and easy
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    Best ide for advanced php and symfony
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    Best ide for php
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    TypeScript support
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    Code indexing
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    It has no match. it filled one of the biggest void
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    Fast and relevant auto-complete
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    Great refactoring support
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    Cross platform
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    Integration with Vagrant and Docker
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    Debugger for Javascript
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    Good
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    Very good
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    Debugging in the Just-In-Time Mode
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    Perfect locahost / host sync
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    Awesome debugging features
CONS OF PHPSTORM
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    Uses a lot of memory
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    Does not open large files
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    Slow
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    Uses Java machine
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    No way to change syntax highlight for files without ext
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    No save prompt or asterisk on file change

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Johnny Bell

I've been in the #frontend game for about 7 years now. I started coding in Sublime Text because all of the tutorials I was doing back then everyone was using it. I found the speed amazing compared to some other tools at the time. I kept using Sublime Text for about 4-5 years.

I find Sublime Text lacks some functionality, after all it is just a text editor rather than a full fledged IDE. I finally converted over to PhpStorm as I was working with Magento and Magento as you know is mainly #PHP based.

This was amazing all the features in PhpStorm I loved, the debugging features, and the control click feature when you click on a dependency or linked file it will take you to that file. It was great.

PhpStorm is kind of slow, I found that Prettier was taking a long time to format my code, and it just was lagging a lot so I was looking for alternatives. After watching some more tutorial videos I noticed that everyone was using Visual Studio Code. So I gave it a go, and its amazing.

It has support for everything I need with the plugins and the integration with Git is amazing. The speed of this IDE is blazing fast, and I wouldn't go back to using PhpStorm anymore. I highly recommend giving Visual Studio Code a try!

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Johnny Bell

When I switched to Visual Studio Code 12 months ago from PhpStorm I was in love, it was great. However after using VS Code for a year, I see myself switching back and forth between WebStorm and VS Code. The VS Code plugins are great however I notice Prettier, auto importing of components and linking to the definitions often break, and I have to restart VS Code multiple times a week and sometimes a day.

We use Ruby here so I do like that Visual Studio Code highlights that for me out of the box, with WebStorm I'd need to probably also install RubyMine and have 2 IDE's going at the same time.

Should I stick with Visual Studio Code, or switch to something else? #help

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Android Studio

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Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA
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PROS OF ANDROID STUDIO
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    Android studio is a great tool, getting better and bet
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    Google's official android ide
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    Intelligent code editor with lots of auto-completion
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    Its powerful and robust
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    Easy creating android app
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    Amazing Layout Designer
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    Great Code Tips
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    Great tool & very helpful
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    Built in Emulator
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    Easy to use
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    Keyboard Shortcuts are Amazing Out of the box
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    Cc
CONS OF ANDROID STUDIO
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    Huge memory usage
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    Slow emulator
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    Complex for begginers
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    No checking incompatibilities
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    Using Intellij IDEA, while Intellij IDEA have too
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    Lags behind IntelliJ IDEA
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    Slow release process

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Gustavo Muñoz
Senior Software Engineer at JOOR · | 8 upvotes · 380.2K views

In my modest opinion, Flutter is the future of mobile development. The framework is as important to mobile as React is to the web. And seeing that React Native does not finish taking off, I am focusing all my efforts on learning Flutter and Dart. The ecosystem is amazing. The community is crazy about Flutter. There are enough resources to learn and enjoy the framework, and the tools developed to work with it are amazing. Android Studio or Visual Studio Code has incredible plugins and Dart is a pretty straight forward and easy-to-learn language, even more, if you came from JavaScript. I admit it. I'm in love with Flutter. When you are not a designer, having a framework focused on design an pretty things is a must. And counting with tools like #flare for animations makes everything easier. It is so amazing that I wish I had a big mobile project right now at work just to use Flutter.

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Julien DeFrance
Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 8 upvotes · 330.1K views

As a Engineering Manager & Director at SmartZip, I had a mix of front-end, back-end, #mobile engineers reporting to me.

Sprints after sprints, I noticed some inefficiencies on the MobileDev side. People working multiple sprints in a row on their Xcode / Objective-C codebase while some others were working on Android Studio. After which, QA & Product ensured both applications were in sync, on a UI/UX standpoint, creating addional work, which also happened to be extremely costly.

Our resources being so limited, my role was to stop this bleeding and keep my team productive and their time, valuable.

After some analysis, discussions, proof of concepts... etc. We decided to move to a single codebase using React Native so our velocity would increase.

After some initial investment, our initial assumptions were confirmed and we indeed started to ship features a lot faster than ever before. Also, our engineers found a way to perform this upgrade incrementally, so the initial platform-specific codebase wouldn't have to entirely be rewritten at once but only gradually and at will.

Feedback around React Native was very positive. And I doubt - for the kind of application we had - no one would want to go back to two or more code bases. Our application was still as Native as it gets. And no feature or device capability was compromised.

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PyCharm

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The Most Intelligent Python IDE
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PROS OF PYCHARM
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    Smart auto-completion
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    Intelligent code analysis
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    Powerful refactoring
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    Virtualenv integration
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    Git integration
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    Support for Django
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    Multi-database integration
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    VIM integration
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    Vagrant integration
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    In-tool Bash and Python shell
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    Docker
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    Plugin architecture
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    Perforce integration
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    Debug mode support docker
CONS OF PYCHARM
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    Slow startup
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    Not very flexible
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    Resource hog
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    Periodic slow menu response

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christy craemer

UPDATE: Thanks for the great response. I am going to start with VSCode based on the open source and free version that will allow me to grow into other languages, but not cost me a license ..yet.

I have been working with software development for 12 years, but I am just beginning my journey to learn to code. I am starting with Python following the suggestion of some of my coworkers. They are split between Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA for IDEs that they use and PyCharm is new to me. Which IDE would you suggest for a beginner that will allow expansion to Java, JavaScript, and eventually AngularJS and possibly mobile applications?

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I am a QA heading to a new company where they all generally use Visual Studio Code, my experience is with IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm. The language they use is JavaScript and so I will be writing my test framework in javaScript so the devs can more easily write tests without context switching.

My 2 questions: Does VS Code have Cucumber Plugins allowing me to write behave tests? And more importantly, does VS Code have the same refactoring tools that IntelliJ IDEA has? I love that I have easy access to a range of tools that allow me to refactor and simplify my code, making code writing really easy.

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WebStorm

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The smartest JavaScript IDE
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PROS OF WEBSTORM
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    Intelligent ide
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    Smart development environment
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    Easy js debugging
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    Code inspection
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    Support for the Latest Technologies
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    Created by jetbrains
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    Cross-platform ide
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    Integration
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    Spellchecker
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    Language Mixing/Injection
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    Debugger
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    Local History
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    Web developer can't live without this
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    Angular.js support
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    Git support
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    Fast search
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    Built-in js debugger
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    JSON Schema
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    Awesome
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    Sass autocompletion
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    Running and debugging Node.js apps remotely
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    Better refactoring options
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    FTP
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    Smart autocompletion
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    Show color on the border next to hex string in CSS
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    There is no need to setup plugins (all from the box)
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    Protractor support out of the box
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    111
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    Node.js integration
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    TypeScript support
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    A modern IDE stuck in the 90s
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    Easy to use
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    Paid but easy to crack
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    Intelligent
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    Smart coding assistance for React
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    Great app
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    Dart support
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    Vagrant and SSH Console
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    Integrated terminal
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    Solid intelligent features
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    Docker intergration
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    Remote Files Syncronization
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    Grate debug tools for React Apps
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    Thank you very much
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    Unused imports inspection
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    Free for students
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    Easier to keep running than eclipse
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    Vim support
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    Less autocompletion
CONS OF WEBSTORM
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    Paid
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    Expensive

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Johnny Bell

When I switched to Visual Studio Code 12 months ago from PhpStorm I was in love, it was great. However after using VS Code for a year, I see myself switching back and forth between WebStorm and VS Code. The VS Code plugins are great however I notice Prettier, auto importing of components and linking to the definitions often break, and I have to restart VS Code multiple times a week and sometimes a day.

We use Ruby here so I do like that Visual Studio Code highlights that for me out of the box, with WebStorm I'd need to probably also install RubyMine and have 2 IDE's going at the same time.

Should I stick with Visual Studio Code, or switch to something else? #help

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Russel Werner
Lead Engineer at StackShare · | 7 upvotes · 348.1K views

We use Prettier because when we rebooted our front-end stack, I decided that it would be an efficient use of our time to not worry about code formatting issues and personal preferences during peer review. Prettier eliminates this concern by auto-formatting our code to a deterministic output. We use it along with ESLint and have 1st-class support in our WebStorm and Visual Studio Code editors.

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NetBeans IDE

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Quickly and easily develop desktop, mobile and web applications with Java, HTML5, PHP, C/C++ and more
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PROS OF NETBEANS IDE
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    Rich features
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    Crossplatform
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    Plugins(Git, SVN)
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    Extensible
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    Easy to use
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    PHP Support
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    Java support
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    File History
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    Code analysis
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    MySQL support
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    Open source
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    Free
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    Strong Maven Support
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    Code completion
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    NodeJs support
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    Webdev king
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    Best
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    Easy maven project start
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    Foss
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    Mandatory
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    History of changes, friendly tabs
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    Jira Plugin
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    I don't like NetBeans
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    Native Nette support
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    Smarty support
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    Groovy support
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    Intuitive ui
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    Chrome plugin to live update javascript from browser
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    Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
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    Custom html tags support
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    Powerful refactoring
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    Composer commands inside IDE
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    Visual GUI Builder for Swing / AWT
CONS OF NETBEANS IDE
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    PHP debug doesn't support conditional breakpoints

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Visual Studio

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PROS OF VISUAL STUDIO
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    Intellisense, ui
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    Complete ide and debugger
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    Plug-ins
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    Integrated
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    Documentation
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    Fast
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    Node tools for visual studio (ntvs)
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    Free Community edition
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    Simple
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    Bug free
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    Made by Microsoft
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    Full free community version
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    Productivity Power Tools
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    JetBrains plugins (ReSharper etc.) work sufficiently OK
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    VIM integration
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    Vim mode
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    I develop UWP apps and Intellisense is super useful
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    The Power and Easiness to Do anything in any.. language
CONS OF VISUAL STUDIO
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    Bulky
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    Made by Microsoft
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    Only avalible on Windows
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    Sometimes you need to restart to finish an update
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    Too much size for disk

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Nicholas Rogoff

Secure Membership Web API backed by SQL Server. This is the backing API to store additional profile and complex membership metadata outside of an Azure AD B2C provider. The front-end using the Azure AD B2C to allow 3rd party trusted identity providers to authenticate. This API provides a way to add and manage more complex permission structures than can easily be maintained in Azure AD.

We have .Net developers and an Azure infrastructure environment using server-less functions, logic apps and SaaS where ever possible. For this service I opted to keep it as a classic WebAPI project and deployed to AppService.

  • Trusted Authentication Provider: @AzureActiveDirectoryB2C
  • Frameworks: .NET Core
  • Language: C# , Microsoft SQL Server , JavaScript
  • IDEs: Visual Studio Code , Visual Studio
  • Libraries: jQuery @EntityFramework, @AutoMapper, @FeatureToggle , @Swashbuckle
  • Database: @SqlAzure
  • Source Control: Git
  • Build and Release Pipelines: Azure DevOps
  • Test tools: Postman , Newman
  • Test framework: @nUnit, @moq
  • Infrastructure: @AzureAppService, @AzureAPIManagement
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Maria Naggaga
Senior Program Manager - .NET Team at Microsoft · | 7 upvotes · 380.1K views

.NET Core is #free, #cross-platform, and #opensource. A developer platform for building all types of apps ( #web apps #mobile #games #machinelearning #AI and #Desktop ).

Developers have chosen .NET for:

Productive: Combined with the extensive class libraries, common APIs, multi-language support, and the powerful tooling provided by the Visual Studio family ( Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code ), .NET is the most productive platform for developers.

Any app: From mobile applications running on iOS, Android and Windows, to Enterprise server applications running on Windows Server and Linux, or high-scale microservices running in the cloud, .NET provides a solution for you.

Performance: .NET is fast. Really fast! The popular TechEmpower benchmark compares web application frameworks with tasks like JSON serialization, database access, and server side template rendering - .NET performs faster than any other popular framework.

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GoLand

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PROS OF GOLAND
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    Auto-completion that is fast and comprehensive
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    Refactoring is efficient and has a simple UI
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    Git interaction becomes very simple and fast
CONS OF GOLAND
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    Not free

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Jakub Olan
Node.js Software Engineer · | 4 upvotes · 154.7K views

YouTrack feels much more lightweight than Jira and additionally have all of features that Jira have, of course lacks at some analytics features, but it's more powerful at permission management and agile workflow. Additionally YouTrack have awesome integration with other JetBrains products such as incoming JetBrains Space and all other IDEs such as GoLand.

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