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Ansible vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

What is Ansible? Radically simple configuration-management, application deployment, task-execution, and multi-node orchestration engine. Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible鈥檚 goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.

What is 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.

Ansible belongs to "Server Configuration and Automation" category of the tech stack, while Visual Studio Code can be primarily classified under "Text Editor".

"Agentless", "Great configuration " and "Simple" are the key factors why developers consider Ansible; whereas "Powerful multilanguage IDE", "Fast" and "Front-end develop out of the box" are the primary reasons why Visual Studio Code is favored.

Ansible and Visual Studio Code are both open source tools. It seems that Visual Studio Code with 78.4K GitHub stars and 10.9K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Ansible with 37.8K GitHub stars and 15.8K GitHub forks.

PedidosYa, Yahoo!, and triGo GmbH are some of the popular companies that use Visual Studio Code, whereas Ansible is used by PedidosYa, Keen, and New Relic. Visual Studio Code has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1104 company stacks & 2298 developers stacks; compared to Ansible, which is listed in 955 company stacks and 578 developer stacks.

What is Ansible?

Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible鈥檚 goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.

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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What are some alternatives to Ansible and Visual Studio Code?
Puppet Labs
Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.
Chef
Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.
Salt
Salt is a new approach to infrastructure management. Easy enough to get running in minutes, scalable enough to manage tens of thousands of servers, and fast enough to communicate with them in seconds. Salt delivers a dynamic communication bus for infrastructures that can be used for orchestration, remote execution, configuration management and much more.
Terraform
With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.
Jenkins
In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
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Decisions about Ansible and Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

Before switching to Visual Studio Code, I used Atom. In contrast to Atom, Visual Studio Code is faster, provides more built-in features, and fails less often.

I started using Visual Studio Code because Atom was oftentimes extremely slow on even basic tasks, and there were bugs that could freeze the entire window if you dragged something the wrong way. Atom also didn't have as many integrated features as Visual Studio Code, so I had to find all of the best extensions. Even with the right tools available, many language extensions were frequently buggy, ineffective, and slow.

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Jacob Biehler
Jacob Biehler
Electron
Electron
TypeScript
TypeScript
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because it is great out of the box, it has an integrated terminal, and support for quite a few languages. As a developer who works with TypeScript, their tooling is amazing in the VSCode Marketplace. The best part about VSCode is that can be as lightweight or as decked out as you want it to be. Even though a lot of other IDE's are Electron apps just like VSCode I find that VSCode boots up the fastest. I've tried other IDE's and I always find myself coming back to VSCode.

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Atom
Atom
AngularJS
AngularJS
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

Both are very good! But I started with Visual Studio Code when I started to work with AngularJS 4. I tried to use Atom too, but at that time Atom did not have good Angular plugins, in the other side VS Code has nice plugins for Angular. I do not know how is Atom now a days about this, but I think that it must have evolved.

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Dean Stringer
Dean Stringer
at Systemic Solutions | 6 upvotes 30.1K views
TypeScript
TypeScript
Electron
Electron
Atom
Atom
Eclipse
Eclipse
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

Have been a Visual Studio Code user since just after launch to the general public, having used the likes of Eclipse and Atom previously. Was amazed how mature it seemed off the bat and was super intrigued by the bootstrapped nature of it having been written/based on Electron/TypeScript, and of course being an open-source app from Microsoft. The features, plugin ecosystem and release frequency are very impressive. I do dev work on both Mac and Windows and don't use anything else now as far as IDEs go.

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Markdown
Markdown
Docker
Docker
JSON
JSON
TypeScript
TypeScript
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Angular 2
Angular 2
#Sass
#HTML
#Java
#Typescript

More than year ago I was looking for the best editor of Angular 2 application and I've tried Visual Studio Code and Atom. Atom had performance issues that put me off completely to use it again. Visual Studio Code became my main editor #Typescript files (and partly editor of #Java files). I'm happy with Visual Studio Code and I've never look back on Atom. There wasn't any reason to try Atom again, because Visual Studio Code fulfills my requirements very well. I use it for editing of TypeScript, #HTML, #Sass, JSON, Docker and Markdown.

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Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code became available around the time my Atom editor started frustrating with hitching and slowdowns. It was likely some plugin I had installed, but a similar setup in Visual Studio Code ran just fine.

Since then they've made massive improvements, and turned it into an excellent IDE overall. I use only a fraction of its functionality, but unless you use some very obscure language, you're likely to find support for it.

Even out of the box it already supports much of what I need, and it now even recommends suitable plugins in many situations.

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Marcel Kornegoor
Marcel Kornegoor
CTO at AT Computing | 5 upvotes 67K views
atAT ComputingAT Computing
Python
Python
Chef
Chef
Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs
Ansible
Ansible
Google Compute Engine
Google Compute Engine
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Docker
Docker
GitHub
GitHub
VirtualBox
VirtualBox
Jenkins
Jenkins
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Fedora
Fedora
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Debian
Debian
CentOS
CentOS
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Linux
Linux
#ATComputing

Since #ATComputing is a vendor independent Linux and open source specialist, we do not have a favorite Linux distribution. We mainly use Ubuntu , Centos Debian , Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora during our daily work. These are also the distributions we see most often used in our customers environments.

For our #ci/cd training, we use an open source pipeline that is build around Visual Studio Code , Jenkins , VirtualBox , GitHub , Docker Kubernetes and Google Compute Engine.

For #ServerConfigurationAndAutomation, we have embraced and contributed to Ansible mainly because it is not only flexible and powerful, but also straightforward and easier to learn than some other (open source) solutions. On the other hand: we are not affraid of Puppet Labs and Chef either.

Currently, our most popular #programming #Language course is Python . The reason Python is so popular has to do with it's versatility, but also with its low complexity. This helps sysadmins to write scripts or simple programs to make their job less repetitive and automating things more fun. Python is also widely used to communicate with (REST) API's and for data analysis.

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Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare | 8 upvotes 9.1K views
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

A few months ago, I decided I would try Visual Studio Code. I resisted for so long because I knew I would love it and would then have to find alternative extensions for the ones I have installed in Atom. Fast forward to today and I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner.

Extensions that I use:

What VSCode extensions do you use? 馃憞

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Kyle Maune
Kyle Maune
Software Engineer at Cooper Aerial | 6 upvotes 8.1K views
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Atom

I use Atom because it's been around long enough to have plugins for everything. It is very unlikely that there isn鈥檛 a plugin for your favorite language. It鈥檚 super easy to install plugins and packages (or to write your own!). The editor defaults are great: it鈥檚 the best default setup I鈥檝e ever seen for a text editor. One can download this thing and get working immediately.

At the end of the day, most modern text editors are great. I do love Visual Studio Code as well! I often find myself switching between the two for no other reason other than just because.

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AlexFielder
AlexFielder
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because it's better than Emacs. For the past ~2 years I've been working with a language called 'CM' created by a company called CET. This language is around 15 years old and looks a lot like C#. VSCode was the obvious choice for me having come from a Visual Studio (VB.NET C#.NET) background as with the CM Extension I didn't need to learn and/or remember ANY of the Emacs shortcuts. This tool has proven so popular that amongst my fellow 'CM' developers, there are now over 900 downloads of the extension (around 10 of those at least being from my own systems/reinstalls etc.)

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Vijay Manchi
Vijay Manchi
at Yammer | 5 upvotes 56.3K views
atYammerYammer
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because its fast, and has lot of extensions that makes development with many languages, frameworks and cloud services very easy. Also love the shortcut keys and the ability to customize the behavior of the IDE in lots of different ways. Another aspect of it thats nice is that it's very transparent. It allows us to see every piece of code, config etc. without automatically generating or hiding parts of it behind some GUI. So we will be exposed to every aspect of the development giving us better confidence and understanding of how the build, debugging, packaging, testing, publishing etc. works exactly.

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Julian Sanchez
Julian Sanchez
Lead Developer at Chore Champion | 8 upvotes 20.8K views
atChore ChampionChore Champion
Sublime Text
Sublime Text
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Live Share
Visual Studio Live Share
Sublime Merge
Sublime Merge
Git
Git
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

We use Visual Studio Code because it allows us to easily and quickly integrate with Git, much like Sublime Merge ,but it is integrated into the IDE. Another cool part about VS Code is the ability collaborate with each other with Visual Studio Live Share which allows our whole team to get more done together. It brings the convenience of the Google Suite to programming, offering something that works more smoothly than anything found on Atom or Sublime Text

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Sublime Text
Sublime Text
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because it is a super flexible code editor that can be customized to function like a full IDE. It has great git and terminal integrations out of the box compared to Atom and Sublime Text

It has so many extensions and boots up pretty fast even with all my extensions.

Feel free to checkout my settings: VS Code Settings

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Gustavo Mu帽oz
Gustavo Mu帽oz
Web UI Developer at Globant | 3 upvotes 20.4K views
TypeScript
TypeScript
Flutter
Flutter
React
React
Notepad++
Notepad++
Vim
Vim
Sublime Text
Sublime Text
Atom
Atom
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
#Microsoft
#RESTfulAPI

I have chosen Visual Studio Code after testing a lot of other editors like Atom, Sublime Text (with legal license), Vim or even Notepad++ because it is the sum of all their virtues and none of their defects. It's fast, it has all the tools and plugins I need to work, and it's pretty and very good optimized. It has what I need to work and nothing more. And the main plugins works like a charm. Developing for React or Flutter is amazing. Even the TypeScript plugin works great. I like how IntelliSense works, and all the extra tools to code remotely using #ssh, access #RESTfulAPI or event manage projects or collaborating remotely. Thanks #Microsoft for Visual Studio Code.

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Labinator Team
Labinator Team
at Labinator | 13 upvotes 46.8K views
atLabinatorLabinator
Debian
Debian
Manjaro
Manjaro
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Sublime Text
Sublime Text
WordPress
WordPress
PHP
PHP
Vanilla.JS
Vanilla.JS
Sass
Sass
CSS 3
CSS 3
HTML5
HTML5

At labinator.com, we use HTML5, CSS 3, Sass, Vanilla.JS and PHP when building our premium WordPress themes and plugins. When writing our codes, we use Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code depending on the project. We run Manjaro and Debian operating systems in our office. Manjaro is a great desktop operating system for all range of tasks while Debian is a solid choice for servers.

WordPress became a very popular choice when it comes to content management systems and building websites. It is easy to learn and has a great community behind it. The high number of plugins as well that are available for WordPress allows any user to customize it depending on his/her needs.

For development, HTML5 with Sass is our go-to choice when building our themes.

Main Advantages Of Sass:

  • It's CSS syntax friendly
  • It offers variables
  • It uses a nested syntax
  • It includes mixins
  • Great community and online support.
  • Great documentation that is easy to read and follow.

As for PHP, we always thrive to use PHP 7.3+. After the introduction of PHP 7, the WordPress development process became more stable and reliable than before. If you a developer considering PHP 7.3+ for your project, it would be good to note the following benefits.

The Benefits Of Using PHP:

  • Open Source.
  • Highly Extendible.
  • Easy to learn and read.
  • Platform independent.
  • Compatible with APACHE.
  • Low development and maintenance cost.
  • Great community and support.
  • Detailed documentation that has everything you need!

Why PHP 7.3+?

  • Flexible Heredoc & Nowdoc Syntaxes - Two key methods for defining strings within PHP. They also became easier to read and more reliable.
  • A good boost in performance speed which is extremely important when it comes to WordPress development.
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Reviews of Ansible and Visual Studio Code
Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code takes writing code to the next level.

There is a great community out there, it is open source, it is lightning fast, and it just works out of the box.

It has a TON of useful extensions that can make the software do just about anything that you can imagine. It has GIT support directly within the software that doesn't require any extra plugins or configuration.

Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

I have been using VS code to develop Angular 2 application, it is great a highly support of Angular Directives and Services within HTML tags. It ease the development process of understanding syntax as a beginner in web development

How developers use Ansible and Visual Studio Code
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Cloudcraft uses AnsibleAnsible

Ansible is the deployment tool for people who don't like deployment tools. It's close to scripting, doesn't pollute your servers with agents or centralized servers, and just makes immediate sense. The entire stack at Cloudcraft.co is orchestrated by Ansible. What does that mean? Beyond the obvious of installing packages and configuring services, Ansible coordinates all the machines into a working deployment: It adds API servers to the loadbancer pool, opens ports on the DB server for the backend servers to connect, gracefully upgrades services in a rolling fashion for zero-downtime deployments etc. And it's so easy to use, it's easier to use than doing things by hand, meaning it's a deployment tool you'll actually use every time!

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Mick Dekkers uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

I love how responsive VS Code is, and the out-of-the-box intelligent code completion it provides for many JavaScript libraries and frameworks has been a great boost to my productivity. We also have it to thank for pioneering the language server protocol, which allows the development of code intelligence tools for any editor or IDE.

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Matt Welke uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Performant, flexible editor/IDE. My main programming languages (JavaScript, TypeScript and C#) have good support in it. Another language I plan to use more in the future, Go, has okay support right now which is improving.

Also, as a developer who prefers using Linux as a workstation OS, I appreciate it being cross-platform.

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Promethean TV uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

PrometheanTV builds applications and services utilizing a variety of languages and technologies. The Visual Studio Code 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.

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David Flynn uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Increasingly we are using VS Code more and more. It is very handy for working on Javascript, Powershell scrips, TSQL, markdown etc. Often use it's integrated terminals for spinning up APIs, running off tests and running various scripts.

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Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschr盲nkt) uses AnsibleAnsible

We use Ansible to synchronize the few configuration-options we've taken on our CoreOS-Machines. This makes deployment even easier and the fact that it's Agentless made the decision even easier.

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Bob P uses AnsibleAnsible

Ansible is used in both the development and production deployment process. A playbook couple with a Vagrantfile, easy deploys a local virtual machine that will mirror the setup in production.

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sapslaj uses AnsibleAnsible

I use Ansible to manage the configuration between all of the different pieces of equipment, and because it's agentless I can even manage things like networking devices all from one repo.

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B霉i Thanh uses AnsibleAnsible
  • Configuration management:
    • deploy/install all web/app environments
    • simple with Galaxy and playbooks.
  • No need any pre-installed agent on remote servers.
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