NetBeans IDE vs Visual Studio

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NetBeans IDE vs Visual Studio: What are the differences?

NetBeans IDE: Quickly and easily develop desktop, mobile and web applications with Java, HTML5, PHP, C/C++ and more. NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers; 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.

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

"Rich features" is the top reason why over 63 developers like NetBeans IDE, while over 270 developers mention "Intellisense, ui" as the leading cause for choosing Visual Studio.

Intuit, Starbucks, and Yahoo! are some of the popular companies that use Visual Studio, whereas NetBeans IDE is used by Edify, Campaign Panel, and inFeedo. Visual Studio has a broader approval, being mentioned in 676 company stacks & 1009 developers stacks; compared to NetBeans IDE, which is listed in 62 company stacks and 46 developer stacks.

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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 NetBeans IDE
Pros of Visual Studio
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    Rich features
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    Plugins(Git, SVN)
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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
  • 21
    Code analysis
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    MySQL support
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    Open source
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  • 9
    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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  • 5
    Easy maven project start
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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
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    Intellisense, ui
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    Complete ide and debugger
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  • 35
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    Node tools for visual studio (ntvs)
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    Free Community edition
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    Bug free
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    Made by Microsoft
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    Full free community version
  • 3
    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

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Cons of NetBeans IDE
Cons of Visual Studio
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    PHP debug doesn't support conditional breakpoints
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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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What is NetBeans IDE?

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

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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