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Visual Studio Code vs WebStorm: What are the differences?

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

Visual Studio Code belongs to “Text Editor” category of the tech stack, while WebStorm can be primarily classified under “Integrated Development Environment”.

“Combines UI of a modern editor with code assistance and navigation” is the main feature offered by Visual Studio Code, whereas WebStorm provides “Coding assistance for JavaScript and TypeScript” as a key feature.

“Powerful multilanguage IDE”, “Fast” and “Front-end develop out of the box” are the key factors why developers consider Visual Studio Code; whereas “Intelligent ide”, “Smart development environment” and “Easy js debugging” are the primary reasons why WebStorm is favored.

Visual Studio Code is an open source tool with 77.4K GitHub stars and 10.7K 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 appeal, being mentioned in 1085 company stacks & 2050 developers stacks; compared to WebStorm, which is listed in 456 company stacks and 940 developer stacks.

Advice on Visual Studio Code and WebStorm
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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Erik Ostrom
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RubyMineRubyMine

If you're working with both Ruby and JavaScript, buy RubyMine and shut down the other two. It's much better for Ruby than Visual Studio Code is. It can also do everything WebStorm does, if you install the plugins you need from JetBrains, and they all work together nicely.

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Marc Swikull
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RubyMineRubyMine

If you install RubyMine, you shouldn't need WebStorm, as all the functionality of WebStorm appears to be included in RubyMine. (See here: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/a/132950).

I've used PhpStorm for several years and have never needed to open (or even download) WebStorm for anything front-end or JavaScript related.

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Russel Werner
Lead Engineer at StackShare · | 6 upvotes · 172.3K views
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WebStormWebStorm
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I work at the same company as you and I use WebStorm for 99% of my tasks. I also have RubyMine installed and use that when I have to tweak some backend code. I tried using RubyMine for JavaScript but was unhappy with how it felt and I believe that WebStorm is faster because it has less plugins and language extensions running. Summary: Buy and use WebStorm for primary development and keep VS Code around for when you have to touch Ruby.

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Danny Battison
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PhpStormPhpStorm

JetBrains all the way - my entire team uses PhpStorm and none of us would even consider switching.

The availability of IDEs for other languages along with consistency in environment and keyboard shortcuts is also a godsend, which is the reason I'd also choose Rider over Visual Studio (but also VS for Mac is trash, but I digress...)

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I've never had much issue running multiple IDEs and generally pick them based on the languages they best support. For front end work where I mainly use TypeScript, I stick heavily with Visual Studio Code. However, for backend work which we do primarily in Python, PyCharm is my go-to editor. The one thing that I do however is I do remap keyboard shortcuts so I get consistent keyboard ability even when I switch IDEs.

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If I have to choose one I would go with VS Code; it’s become pretty mature and keeps getting better. If those plugins are creating problems for you then just uninstall them, find an alternative, or make a PR to fix. But at the end of the day these are IDE’s and they are meant to save you time. I would go with whatever helps you develop code faster. If restarting VS code slows you down then make a switch, that personally would annoying the crap out of me. Else maybe it’s a quick restart, not the end of the word, hopefully someone will fix at some point.

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Visual Studio Code is a text editor. And this is best option in my opinion. For Ruby, I cannot say how VS Code is good. If you wanna choose IDE, RubyMine should fit your needs. Because IDEs are more compatible with major needs. But text editors are just text editor. You can do same things with also text editors. I recommend to try both VS Code and RubyMine. And you will be able to find which fits better for your needs

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PhpStormPhpStorm

So here is the deal man, bottom line you want to write code. All of these tools are built in a mouse-driven world, they are designed not for engineers, but office monkeys. If you want a real workflow that gives you ultimate performance, customization and speed you need to use a modal editor, I suggest NeoVim. Start using it 20% of the time on single file edits, watch youtube videos about it and teach yourself vim gestures. It will infuriate you for 6 weeks, make you cry for another 2 months. But as you use it more, as long as your usage goes over 40% of the time, in 6 months you will understand why most of the world's too engineers use it. Settling on lesser editors out of laziness is exactly the attitude that results in shitty the engineering. Yeah it's hard. You're smart. You do hard things. Once it isn't hard anymore you will blow yourself away at how much more efficiently you edit files.

Also vim keybindings in a mouse driven editor does not cut it. Managing files, buffers and workflow is half of the value of vim/neovim. It is OK if you have to use an IDE (currently I only use an IDE for java development, so I have little choice)

So use VSCode while you teach yourself vim.

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I've used all of these IDEs and VSC is probably the best overall. WebStorm, PHPStorm, and other Jetbrains IDEs are great for projects that only use the language that the IDE was designed for. But, Visual Studio Code on the other hand has so many extensions and works with so many languages.

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Lungu Alexandru-Mihai
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Well you can try for a while MacVim because it is already configured with tons of plugins. My favourite text editors are Sublime Text and TextMate which are lightweight and speedy. My feeling is that JetBrains IDEs are making you brainless.

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PhpStormPhpStorm

I usually have both running but do the bulk of my language work in the appropriate JetBrains flavor. One thing to watch out for in VS is that under the hood it is running the tools needed for whatever language you are working with. This is where tools like JetBrains shine. While I am sure you can tune the heck out of what you use in VS, the provides context and clarity...

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Kyle Schoonover
Senior Software Engineer at Nordstrom · | 2 upvotes · 137.3K views

I'm personally a Visual Studio Code fan. I've used it for both Go and Java. It really depends on the quality and support of the plugins. Typically VS Code doesn't crash as much as a bad plugin causes an unforeseen error. Make sure you stay up to date and look at alternative plugins.

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If you find something that works and are comfortable with it, stay with it. Changing IDE's and learning their idiosyncrasies takes valuable time away from programming while learning setups and keyboard short cuts. I personally use VS Code for cost and decent multiple language support. I've had issues occasionally with it locking up, but it is under heavy development and continually improving. I have also found it more intuitive for new programmers. ** Having profiles for different languages can reduce the amount of plugins running and issues they can cause.

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Visiual Studio is the best

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Are you using the prettier-vscode VSCode extension or prettier via prettier-eslint? The prettier-vscode extension recommends you...

Use prettier-eslint instead of prettier. Other settings will only be fallbacks in case they could not be inferred from ESLint rules.

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Decisions about Visual Studio Code and WebStorm
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 651.2K views

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.

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Despite its resource consumption behaviour I have fallen in love with WebStorm, its the best when come to write Javascript application, analyse code have never been this easy.

To mention few here are the features:

  1. Intelligent coding assistance
  2. Debugging, tracing and testing
  3. Local history
  4. Version Control Systems etc
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Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 12 upvotes · 903.6K 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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It's important for our developers to be able to use a common IDE so that we can easily share plugins and configuration which relate to our stack and setup. Webstorm may be slightly better for Javascript development out of the box but VS Code is free and as such more developers are used to using it. This means that new team members are able to get up and running quicker.

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Simon Ibssa
Student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo · | 2 upvotes · 832.4K 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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Russel Werner
Lead Engineer at StackShare · | 0 upvote · 20.2K views

I chose WebStorm because its a mature and stable production that has every feature I could ask for in an IDE. It saves me time and catches mistakes. All my normal development tasks, including amazing VCS integration, can be done quickly from a single place. They continue to make updates and integrate popular tools and frameworks.

Some people might complain that WebStorm costs money, however it is a relatively cheap piece of software for the number of hours you use it. Definitely worth it!

All of JetBrains other products are equally as awesome and provide a common interface. I also use Goland, RubyMine, and CLion. I used PHPStorm for 7 years and loved it.

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Pros of Visual Studio Code
Pros of WebStorm
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    Powerful multilanguage IDE
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    Fast
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    Front-end develop out of the box
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    Support TypeScript IntelliSense
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    Very basic but free
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    Git integration
  • 101
    Intellisense
  • 74
    Faster than Atom
  • 48
    Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
  • 41
    Great Refactoring Tools
  • 40
    Good Plugins
  • 38
    Terminal
  • 36
    Superb markdown support
  • 34
    Open Source
  • 28
    Extensions
  • 26
    Awesome UI
  • 25
    Large & up-to-date extension community
  • 22
    Powerful and fast
  • 20
    Portable
  • 17
    Best code editor
  • 16
    Best editor
  • 15
    Easy to get started with
  • 14
    Crossplatform
  • 14
    Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
  • 14
    Built on Electron
  • 14
    Good for begginers
  • 13
    All Languages Support
  • 13
    Lots of extensions
  • 12
    Extensions for everything
  • 11
    Easy to use and learn
  • 11
    Useful for begginer
  • 11
    Ui design is great
  • 11
    Faster edit for slow computer
  • 11
    Totally customizable
  • 11
    Extensible
  • 10
    Git out of the box
  • 10
    "fast, stable & easy to use"
  • 9
    It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
  • 9
    Great community
  • 9
    Great language support
  • 8
    Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
  • 8
    Fast Startup
  • 8
    Powerful Debugger
  • 8
    SSH support
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    Features rich
  • 7
    Can compile and run .py files
  • 7
    Python extension is fast
  • 7
    Great document formater
  • 6
    She is not Rachel
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    He is not Michael
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    Awesome multi cursor support
  • 5
    Easy azure
  • 5
    Extension Echosystem
  • 5
    SFTP Workspace
  • 5
    VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
  • 5
    Language server client
  • 4
    Has better support and more extentions for debugging
  • 4
    Very proffesional
  • 3
    Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
  • 3
    Emmet preinstalled
  • 3
    Supports lots of operating systems
  • 3
    Virtualenv integration
  • 3
    'batteries included'
  • 3
    Has more than enough languages for any developer
  • 2
    Better autocompletes than Atom
  • 2
    Light
  • 2
    CMake support with autocomplete
  • 2
    VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
  • 2
    More tools to integrate with vs
  • 2
    Fast and ruby is built right in
  • 1
    Big extension marketplace
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    Microsoft
  • 1
    Customizable
  • 186
    Intelligent ide
  • 128
    Smart development environment
  • 108
    Easy js debugging
  • 97
    Code inspection
  • 95
    Support for the Latest Technologies
  • 55
    Created by jetbrains
  • 53
    Cross-platform ide
  • 36
    Integration
  • 30
    Spellchecker
  • 24
    Language Mixing/Injection
  • 11
    Debugger
  • 10
    Local History
  • 8
    Web developer can't live without this
  • 7
    Fast search
  • 7
    Git support
  • 6
    Angular.js support
  • 6
    Sass autocompletion
  • 5
    Better refactoring options
  • 5
    FTP
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    There is no need to setup plugins (all from the box)
  • 5
    Show color on the border next to hex string in CSS
  • 5
    Smart autocompletion
  • 5
    JSON Schema
  • 5
    Awesome
  • 5
    Built-in js debugger
  • 5
    Running and debugging Node.js apps remotely
  • 4
    Easy to use
  • 4
    A modern IDE stuck in the 90s
  • 4
    TypeScript support
  • 4
    Smart coding assistance for React
  • 4
    Node.js integration
  • 4
    111
  • 4
    Protractor support out of the box
  • 4
    Intelligent
  • 4
    Paid but easy to crack
  • 3
    Dart support
  • 3
    Solid intelligent features
  • 3
    Great app
  • 3
    Integrated terminal
  • 3
    Vagrant and SSH Console
  • 3
    Free for students
  • 3
    Unused imports inspection
  • 3
    Docker intergration
  • 2
    Easier to keep running than eclipse
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    Remote Files Syncronization
  • 2
    Grate debug tools for React Apps
  • 2
    Thank you very much
  • 1
    Auto imports
  • 1
    Auto refactoring helpers
  • 1
    Vim support
  • 1
    Rename helpers
  • 1
    Less autocompletion
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    GIT partial commits

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Cons of Visual Studio Code
Cons of WebStorm
  • 43
    Slow startup
  • 26
    Resource hog at times
  • 20
    Poor refactoring
  • 13
    Poor UI Designer
  • 12
    Microsoft
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    Weak Ui design tools
  • 10
    Poor autocomplete
  • 7
    Poor in PHP
  • 6
    Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
  • 5
    Poor at Python
  • 5
    Super Slow
  • 4
    Poor intellisense. poor java
  • 4
    Microsoft sends telemetry data
  • 3
    Poor in Python
  • 3
    No Built in Browser Preview
  • 3
    Dilshad
  • 3
    No color Intergrator
  • 3
    No built in live Preview
  • 3
    Very basic for java development and buggy at times
  • 2
    Bad Plugin Architecture
  • 1
    It's MicroSoft
  • 1
    Electron
  • 1
    Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
  • 4
    Paid
  • 1
    Expensive

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What is Visual Studio Code?

Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

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

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