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Advice on Android Studio, Visual Studio, and Xcode

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 Android Studio
Pros of Visual Studio
Pros of Xcode
  • 173
    Android studio is a great tool, getting better and bet
  • 101
    Google's official android ide
  • 35
    Intelligent code editor with lots of auto-completion
  • 25
    Its powerful and robust
  • 5
    Easy creating android app
  • 3
    Amazing Layout Designer
  • 3
    Great Code Tips
  • 3
    Great tool & very helpful
  • 2
    Built in Emulator
  • 2
    Easy to use
  • 2
    Keyboard Shortcuts are Amazing Out of the box
  • 1
    Cc
  • 296
    Intellisense, ui
  • 236
    Complete ide and debugger
  • 161
    Plug-ins
  • 99
    Integrated
  • 90
    Documentation
  • 34
    Node tools for visual studio (ntvs)
  • 33
    Fast
  • 28
    Free Community edition
  • 21
    Simple
  • 16
    Bug free
  • 5
    Made by Microsoft
  • 4
    Full free community version
  • 3
    Productivity Power Tools
  • 3
    JetBrains plugins (ReSharper etc.) work sufficiently OK
  • 2
    VIM integration
  • 2
    Vim mode
  • 1
    The Power and Easiness to Do anything in any.. language
  • 1
    I develop UWP apps and Intellisense is super useful
  • 129
    IOS Development
  • 32
    Personal assistant on steroids
  • 29
    Easy setup
  • 17
    Excellent integration with Clang
  • 1
    Beautiful
  • 1
    Built-in everything
  • 0
    Con

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Cons of Android Studio
Cons of Visual Studio
Cons of Xcode
  • 4
    Huge memory usage
  • 4
    Slow emulator
  • 2
    No checking incompatibilities
  • 2
    Complex for begginers
  • 1
    Lags behind IntelliJ IDEA
  • 1
    Slow release process
  • 13
    Bulky
  • 11
    Made by Microsoft
  • 2
    Only avalible on Windows
  • 4
    Massively bloated and complicated for smaller projects
  • 2
    Horrible auto completiting and text editing
  • 1
    Very slow emulator

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What is Android Studio?

Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.

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 Xcode?

The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

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What are some alternatives to Android Studio, Visual Studio, and Xcode?
IntelliJ IDEA
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.
Eclipse
Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
Xamarin
Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Flutter
Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Appcelerator
Appcelerator is the first mobile platform to combine the flexibility of open source development technologies with the power of cloud services.
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Reviews of Android Studio, Visual Studio, and Xcode
Review of
Android Studio
  1. It is pretty neat and stable. I find very few issues with it.

  2. This software provides a good base or platform on building apps and has great features.

  3. I prefer this software since it gives me more options in building my app and has no restrictions.

Review of
Visual Studio

Supports many languages, wide variety of plugins

How developers use Android Studio, Visual Studio, and Xcode
DigitalPermits uses
Visual Studio

We are an ASP.NET shop, so it is fitting that we use Visual Studio. The biggest advantage that VS gives us is the first-class debugger, and the ReSharper refactoring tools. We do use Sublime, Brackets, Vim, Emacs, and other editors in conjunction with VS since VS does can take a long time to load.

Daniel Kovacs uses
Visual Studio

An IDE which I use for at least ten years now. Roslyn is getting better and better, but VS Code seems better now. A bit obsolete concept, but the extra tools (like git integration, azure browsing, preset projects and solutions) makes it still very useful.

Promethean TV uses
Visual Studio

PrometheanTV builds applications and services utilizing a variety of languages and technologies. The Visual Studio IDE is used by various technical staff to build software on a variety of languages supported by the IDE including C#, HTML/CSS/JS, etc.

papaver uses
Android Studio

mainly use for building and debugging android projects. used it to test builds out of both unity and ionic. used the plugin version back in the day when i was developing the android app at my startup.

Ryan VanBelkum uses
Xcode

Even though React Native takes care of most of the heavy lifting, there are still some cases where we need xcode. These cases include app icon integration, mobile deployments, loading screens, ect...

papaver uses
Visual Studio

been a while since i've used visual studio. developed the tools for superman returns in it. liked the debugging but not much else. only played with the newest version a couple of times.

Refractal uses
Xcode

Xcode is our primary development platform for iOS applications, with a very fully featured set of dev tools for the platform. For everything else, there's Sublime Text 3.

Ariestya Dibyanugraha uses
Visual Studio

Best open source, good replacement for Visual Studio. I'm using it as my development environment in C# and Dynamics 365 Business Central (extension development).

Antoine Praet uses
Android Studio

Android Mobile Application is partially developed with Android Studio (UI Component only) The core is developed with Xamarin.

Promethean TV uses
Android Studio

PrometheanTV provides SDKs for Android devices and utilizes the Android Studio DE for development and testing purposes.

Nick De Cooman uses
Xcode

Experience with Xcode in the context of iOS development. This includes Storyboards, Debugging tools and the Simulator.

Ujjwal Bhujel uses
Xcode

QA and Testing have been so much easier with the help of its simulators on Apple Devices like; iPhones and iPads.

MadElf1337 uses
Android Studio

Android studio is the best platform for app development & screwing around with the code Also very user-friendly

Nick De Cooman uses
Android Studio

Experience with Android Studio in the context of Android Development. Mostly using Genymotion as main emulator.

Promethean TV uses
Xcode

PrometheanTV provides SDKs for IOS devices and utilizes the XCode IDE for development and testing purposes.