Visual Studio vs Visual Studio Code

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Visual Studio vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

Developers describe Visual Studio as "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. On the other hand, Visual Studio Code is detailed as "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.

Visual Studio can be classified as a tool in the "Integrated Development Environment" category, while Visual Studio Code is grouped under "Text Editor".

"Intellisense, ui", "Complete ide and debugger" and "Plug-ins" are the key factors why developers consider Visual Studio; 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 Visual Studio, which is listed in 657 company stacks and 978 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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Decisions about Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
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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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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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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Pros of Visual Studio
Pros of Visual Studio Code
  • 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
  • 7
    Made by Microsoft
  • 6
    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
  • 328
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 293
    Fast
  • 185
    Front-end develop out of the box
  • 152
    Support TypeScript IntelliSense
  • 137
    Very basic but free
  • 117
    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
  • 7
    Features rich
  • 7
    Can compile and run .py files
  • 7
    Python extension is fast
  • 7
    Great document formater
  • 6
    She is not Rachel
  • 6
    He is not Michael
  • 6
    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
  • 1
    Microsoft
  • 1
    Customizable

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Cons of Visual Studio
Cons of Visual Studio Code
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    Bulky
  • 13
    Made by Microsoft
  • 3
    Sometimes you need to restart to finish an update
  • 3
    Only avalible on Windows
  • 1
    Too much size for disk
  • 43
    Slow startup
  • 26
    Resource hog at times
  • 20
    Poor refactoring
  • 13
    Poor UI Designer
  • 12
    Microsoft
  • 11
    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

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What is Visual Studio?

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

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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Atom
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CLion
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