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IntelliJ IDEA vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?
What is IntelliJ IDEA? Capable and Ergonomic IDE for JVM. 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.
What is Visual Studio Code? Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft. Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.
IntelliJ IDEA belongs to "Integrated Development Environment" category of the tech stack, while Visual Studio Code can be primarily classified under "Text Editor".
"Fantastically intelligent", "Best-in-class ide" and "Many languages support" are the key factors why developers consider IntelliJ IDEA; whereas "Powerful multilanguage IDE", "Fast" and "Front-end develop out of the box" are the primary reasons why Visual Studio Code is favored.
Visual Studio Code is an open source tool with 78.4K GitHub stars and 10.9K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Visual Studio Code's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Visual Studio Code has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1104 company stacks & 2298 developers stacks; compared to IntelliJ IDEA, which is listed in 805 company stacks and 1027 developer stacks.
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.
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.
Pycharm is great for python development, but can feel sometimes slow and community version has Somme very annoying restrictions (like they disabled jupyter notebooks plugin and made it premium feature). I personally started looking into VS Code as an alternative, and it has some very good potential. I suggest you take it into account.
The Community version of PyCharm is free and should give you what you need to get started with Python. Both PyCharm and IntelliJ are made by JetBrains. IntelliJ is initially focused on Java but you can get plugins for lots of other things. I subscribe to JetBrains' Toolbox: https://www.jetbrains.com/toolbox-app/ and have access to all of their great tools.
Hi, I will give my opinion based on my experience. I have used PyCharm, both community and Professional version. The community has limited functions, like you can't use a Jupyter notebook whereas it's available in the Professional version. PyCharm is slower compared to Visual Studio Code. Also Visual Studio Code is an editor which supports various languages. I myself have used both Visual Studio Code and PyCharm. I feel Visual Studio Code would be better choice. You may as well decide based upon your requirements.
Visual Studio code is easy to use, has a good UI, and a large community. Python works great with it, but unlike some other editors, it works with most languages either by default or by downloading a plugin. VS Code has built in linting, syntax coloring, autocompletes (IntelliSense), and an api for plugins to do there own tooling.
If you starting with Python then PyCharm is better. For Java I would suggest to go with IntelliJ IDEA but people also prefer eclipse so I would say try both and then decide. For JS/Angular/React I would suggest go with VSCode. I personally use it and prefer as its light weight and have good integration with chrome for frontend development.
PyCharm, IntelliJ IDEA are both products of JetBrains. They have a free (limited feature) and paid edition. Eclipse is free. VSCode is also free.
All three are great, however, I believe that IntelliJ IDEA's multiple IDE's are slightly more straight-forward and more up-to date than Eclipse. If I had to choose one specifically for Python projects I would go with PyCharm.
This is a very easy to use tool and gives you the opportunity to start coding right after the installation with almost everything setup automatically by the tool.
Pycharm is all you need to get start coding in python or any of its framework. Its an awesome tool you should give it a try :)
Easy to learn and everything you need
Now, to be clear, I'll still use VS Code for larger projects because my computer is somewhat oldish (5 or so years) and isn't quite beefy enough to run a large project on an IDE, but for a small-medium project, IDEA is perfect.
I have mostly migrated to IDEA because of it's beautiful UI, git tools, and file tree. There are other reasons, but these are the top 3.
The UI is modern and clean, it has depth and everything is easy to read compared to VS Codes flat design, and zero depth.
The git tools are amazing. Sure, VS Code has useful git tools, but most of the time I hardly remembered they were there. But for the times I did use it, using the git CLI was more convenient. But Git and IDEA? Now that's a match made in heaven. Git is well integrated, and makes working with git a bit easier than the CLI. You can do everything in the GUI that you can in the CLI, and it makes having to do that dreaded hard reset super easy. Like there's no real way you could possibly screw it up my putting in the wrong command, or the wrong commit to roll back to. Rebasing is easy. Pushing is easy, Commiting is easy. Just about anything git is easier with IDEA.
With it's terminal-like git controller, (though that is more GUI than CLI), we have the option to add branches both locally and directly to the remote. We can delete branches both locally and remotely directly, and you can follow your typical git workflow by right clicking. You also have a beautiful git menu up-top. And here is the path to fast commits:
And for that file tree? I mean, try finding your way around a large project in VS Code is a nightmare, or even just a medium sized project the size of my weather app (in current progress), it's hard to navigate in vs code. I always forget where I am, and where to go. I always have to use the menu search. Now for IDEA's file tree, I haven't even touched the search feature yet other than for testing it out. It is so much clearer and easier to read. So yeah, I'm a bit enthusiastic about this tool, and wonder why I didn't try it out sooner but anyways, yea. IDEA FTW.
Lightweight and versatile. Huge library of extensions that enable you to integrate a host of services to your development environment. VS Code's biggest strength is its library of extensions which enables it to directly compete with every single major IDE for almost all major programming languages.
Visual Studio Code became famous over the past 3+ years I believe. The clean UI, easy to use UX and the plethora of integrations made it a very easy decision for us. Our gripe with Sublime was probably only the UX side. VSCode has not failed us till now, and still is able to support our development env without any significant effort.
Goland being paid, as well as built only for Go seemed like a significant limitation to not consider it.
- Free advanced tools vs Unaffordable pro license
- Simplicity vs Complexity (ie, indexing backgound tasks)
- Lightweight vs Heavyweight UX
- Extensibility vs Too many bundled features
- Intuitive keyboard shortcuts vs Keymap reference
- Full-stack user base vs Backend-oriented user base
IntelliJ code suggestions and superb Kotlin support are some features still missing in VSCode, but for everything else it's a simpler choice of IDE, and #vscodecandothat too.
I originally chose IntelliJ over Eclipse, as it was close enough to the look and feel of Visual Studio and we do go back and forth between the two. We really begin to love IntelliJ and their suite of IDEs so we are now using AppCode for the IOS development because the workflow is identical with the IntelliJ. IntelliJ is super complex and intimidating at first but it does afford a lot of nice utilities to get us produce clean code.
I decided to choose VSCode over Sublime text for my Systems Programming class in C. What I love about VSCode is its awesome ability to add extensions. Intellisense is a beautiful debugger, and Remote SSH allows me to login and make real-time changes in VSCode to files on my university server. This is an awesome alternative to going back and forth on pushing/pulling code and logging into servers in the terminal. Great choice for anyone interested in C programming!
Pros of IntelliJ IDEA
- Fantastically intelligent300
- Best-in-class ide242
- Many languages support190
- Code analysis82
- Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn76
- Plugin architecture64
- Integrated version control61
- Code refactoring support12
- Best java IDE11
- Local history7
- Integrated Database Navigator6
- Built-in terminal/run tools6
- Code Completion6
- Free for open-source development, students and teacher5
- Free If you're a Student5
- Base for Android Studio5
- ERD Diagrams4
- Database/Code integration4
- Cross platform4
- Vim support3
- Column Selection Mode3
- Server and client-side debugger3
- More than enough languages for any developer3
- Typescript support3
- Multicursor support3
- Reformating Code3
- Command-line tools3
- Android Integration3
- Out Of The Box features3
- Special icons for most filetypes in project list3
- Supports many frameworks3
- Built-in web server3
- Live Templates3
- Scala support3
- A lot of plugin2
- Just works2
- Integrated Ssh/Ftp Managers2
- Full support2
- Task managers2
- Diff tools2
- File Watchers2
- Support for various package managers2
- Integrated Code Linting2
- Clean UI2
- Open source2
- So modernised2
- Efficient, one Stop solution2
- Works fine with mac os catalina2
Pros of Visual Studio Code
- Powerful multilanguage IDE335
- Front-end develop out of the box190
- Support TypeScript IntelliSense157
- Very basic but free141
- Git integration124
- Faster than Atom76
- Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration52
- Great Refactoring Tools43
- Good Plugins42
- Superb markdown support37
- Open Source35
- Awesome UI26
- Large & up-to-date extension community26
- Powerful and fast23
- Best code editor18
- Best editor17
- Easy to get started with16
- Good for begginers15
- Extensions for everything14
- Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates14
- Lots of extensions14
- Built on Electron14
- All Languages Support13
- Easy to use and learn12
- "fast, stable & easy to use"12
- Ui design is great11
- Git out of the box11
- Totally customizable11
- Faster edit for slow computer11
- Useful for begginer11
- Great community10
- SSH support9
- Great language support9
- It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it9
- Powerful Debugger9
- Works With Almost EveryThing You Need9
- Fast Startup9
- Can compile and run .py files8
- Python extension is fast8
- Features rich7
- Great document formater7
- He is not Michael6
- She is not Rachel6
- Awesome multi cursor support6
- SFTP Workspace5
- Easy azure5
- VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn5
- Very proffesional5
- Language server client5
- Extension Echosystem5
- Has better support and more extentions for debugging4
- Virtualenv integration4
- Excellent as git difftool and mergetool4
- 'batteries included'3
- More tools to integrate with vs3
- Better autocompletes than Atom3
- Emmet preinstalled3
- Supports lots of operating systems3
- Has more than enough languages for any developer3
- Fast and ruby is built right in2
- VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code2
- CMake support with autocomplete2
- Big extension marketplace1
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Cons of IntelliJ IDEA
- Large footprint required to really enjoy (mem/disc)20
- Very slow16
- Bad for beginners8
- UI is not intuitive7
- Constant reindexing5
- Not nearly as many tools to integrate as vs code5
- Needs a lot of CPU and RAM power4
- Built in terminal is slow3
- Doesn't work that well with windows 10 edu3
- Pesky warnings increase with every release1
- Ruby is a plug in1
Cons of Visual Studio Code
- Slow startup44
- Resource hog at times27
- Poor refactoring20
- Poor UI Designer13
- Weak Ui design tools11
- Poor autocomplete10
- Microsoft sends telemetry data8
- Poor in PHP7
- Huge cpu usage with few installed extension7
- Super Slow6
- It's MicroSoft5
- Poor in Python3
- No Built in Browser Preview3
- No color Intergrator3
- Very basic for java development and buggy at times3
- No built in live Preview3
- Bad Plugin Architecture2
- Powered by Electron2
- Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes1