Arduino IDE vs Visual Studio

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Arduino IDE vs Visual Studio: What are the differences?

Arduino IDE: A cross-platform application integrated development environment *. It makes it easy to write code and upload it to the board. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The environment is written in Java and based on Processing and other open-source software; *Visual Studio:** State-of-the-art tools and services that you can use to create great apps for devices, the cloud, and everything in between. Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.

Arduino IDE and Visual Studio can be categorized as "Integrated Development Environment" tools.

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The problem I have is whether to choose Android Studio or Visual Studio? I have to develop a simple app for a school project that can work on both iPhone and Android.

The most important factors for me are Android and iOS compatibility. Although note that i would like to become a Software Engineer when i finish my course. (I'd like to work for Apple, just saying!)

After that id like easy integration for Google Ads and such if i do develop another app that people actually use to support development. (I'd also like to stick with one easy programming language that's compatible with a wide variety of platforms since i'm a beginner and have only ever used Pascal)

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First of all - Android Studio and Visual Studio are IDE's. Tools to create code. What you are asking is programming framework. I assume that when you are talking about Android Studio you mean Native Android Development and by Visual Studio you mean Xamarin.

If you want to create crossplatform app then Native Android Development is NOT a way to go. Xamarin might work for you, BUT - you'd rather recommend you to go with Flutter. It's much more performant than Xamarin, programming model is friendlier for developer and technology seems just more refined. It's also officially supported by google, so no worries about support.

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Pros of Arduino IDE
Pros of Visual Studio
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    Larger community online
  • 303
    Intellisense, ui
  • 243
    Complete ide and debugger
  • 164
    Plug-ins
  • 103
    Integrated
  • 92
    Documentation
  • 36
    Fast
  • 35
    Node tools for visual studio (ntvs)
  • 31
    Free Community edition
  • 24
    Simple
  • 17
    Bug free
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    Made by Microsoft
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    Full free community version
  • 5
    JetBrains plugins (ReSharper etc.) work sufficiently OK
  • 3
    Productivity Power Tools
  • 2
    Vim mode
  • 2
    VIM integration
  • 1
    Cross platform development
  • 1
    The Power and Easiness to Do anything in any.. language
  • 1
    I develop UWP apps and Intellisense is super useful

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Cons of Arduino IDE
Cons of Visual Studio
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    No debugger
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    Bulky
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    Made by Microsoft
  • 3
    Sometimes you need to restart to finish an update
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    Only avalible on Windows
  • 1
    Too much size for disk

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What is Arduino IDE?

It makes it easy to write code and upload it to the board. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The environment is written in Java and based on Processing and other open-source software.

What is Visual Studio?

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

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