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LINQPad vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?


LINQPad and Visual Studio Code are both popular tools for software developers. While they serve similar purposes, there are several key differences between the two that set them apart. In this article, we will outline the main differences between LINQPad and Visual Studio Code.

1. LINQPad:

LINQPad is primarily designed for querying databases, manipulating data, and running C# scripts. It provides a quick and convenient way to execute LINQ queries against various data sources. It offers a simple and intuitive user interface that allows developers to write and execute code efficiently.

2. Visual Studio Code:

Visual Studio Code, on the other hand, is a powerful text editor that supports a wide range of programming languages and provides comprehensive tools for software development. It offers features like code navigation, debugging, and version control integration. Visual Studio Code is highly customizable with a vast ecosystem of extensions that enhance its functionality for different programming tasks.

3. Integrated Development Environment (IDE):

While LINQPad can be considered a lightweight tool, Visual Studio Code is a full-fledged Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Visual Studio Code provides a rich set of features that facilitate software development, including code refactoring, intelligent code completion, and integrated debugging capabilities.

4. Community and Ecosystem:

Visual Studio Code has a larger community and a broader ecosystem compared to LINQPad. This means that there is a wider range of extensions, plugins, and community support available for Visual Studio Code, making it more versatile and adaptable to different development scenarios.

5. Version Control Integration:

Visual Studio Code has extensive integration with popular version control systems like Git, enabling seamless collaboration and code management within a team. While LINQPad also supports basic version control features, Visual Studio Code provides more advanced functionality for version control workflows.

6. Project and Solution Management:

Visual Studio Code allows developers to organize their code into projects and solutions, providing a structured approach to software development. LINQPad, on the other hand, is more focused on code execution and data manipulation rather than managing projects and solutions.

In Summary, LINQPad is a lightweight tool primarily designed for querying databases and running C# scripts, while Visual Studio Code is a comprehensive Integrated Development Environment with a broader ecosystem, better IDE features, and enhanced project management capabilities.

Decisions about LINQPad and Visual Studio Code
Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 12 upvotes · 1.3M views

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.

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Simon Ibssa
Student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo · | 2 upvotes · 1.2M views

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!

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Pros of LINQPad
Pros of Visual Studio Code
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    • 340
      Powerful multilanguage IDE
    • 308
    • 193
      Front-end develop out of the box
    • 158
      Support TypeScript IntelliSense
    • 142
      Very basic but free
    • 126
      Git integration
    • 106
    • 78
      Faster than Atom
    • 53
      Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
    • 45
      Great Refactoring Tools
    • 44
      Good Plugins
    • 42
    • 38
      Superb markdown support
    • 36
      Open Source
    • 35
    • 26
      Awesome UI
    • 26
      Large & up-to-date extension community
    • 24
      Powerful and fast
    • 22
    • 18
      Best editor
    • 18
      Best code editor
    • 17
      Easy to get started with
    • 15
      Lots of extensions
    • 15
      Good for begginers
    • 15
    • 15
      Built on Electron
    • 14
      Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
    • 14
      Extensions for everything
    • 14
      All Languages Support
    • 13
      Easy to use and learn
    • 12
    • 12
      "fast, stable & easy to use"
    • 11
      Ui design is great
    • 11
      Useful for begginer
    • 11
      Totally customizable
    • 11
      Git out of the box
    • 11
      Faster edit for slow computer
    • 10
      SSH support
    • 10
      Great community
    • 10
      Fast Startup
    • 9
      Great language support
    • 9
      It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
    • 9
      Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
    • 9
      Powerful Debugger
    • 8
      Can compile and run .py files
    • 8
      Python extension is fast
    • 7
      Great document formater
    • 7
      Features rich
    • 6
      He is not Michael
    • 6
      Awesome multi cursor support
    • 6
      She is not Rachel
    • 6
      Extension Echosystem
    • 5 Course makes it easy to learn
    • 5
      SFTP Workspace
    • 5
      Very proffesional
    • 5
      Language server client
    • 5
      Easy azure
    • 4
      Has better support and more extentions for debugging
    • 4
      Supports lots of operating systems
    • 4
      Virtualenv integration
    • 4
      Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
    • 3
      Emmet preinstalled
    • 3
      More tools to integrate with vs
    • 3
      Has more than enough languages for any developer
    • 3
      Better autocompletes than Atom
    • 3
      'batteries included'
    • 2
    • 2
    • 2
      Big extension marketplace
    • 2
      CMake support with autocomplete
    • 2
      Fast and ruby is built right in
    • 2
      VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
    • 2

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    Cons of LINQPad
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      • 46
        Slow startup
      • 29
        Resource hog at times
      • 20
        Poor refactoring
      • 13
        Poor UI Designer
      • 11
        Weak Ui design tools
      • 10
        Poor autocomplete
      • 8
        Super Slow
      • 8
        Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
      • 8
        Microsoft sends telemetry data
      • 7
        Poor in PHP
      • 6
        It's MicroSoft
      • 3
        Poor in Python
      • 3
        No Built in Browser Preview
      • 3
        No color Intergrator
      • 3
        Very basic for java development and buggy at times
      • 3
        No built in live Preview
      • 3
      • 2
        Bad Plugin Architecture
      • 2
        Powered by Electron
      • 1
        Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
      • 1
        Slow C++ Language Server

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