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BrowserStack vs Visual Studio: What are the differences?

BrowserStack: Instant access to a lab of 1000+ real mobile and desktop browsers for testing. Live, Web-Based Browser Testing Instant access to all real mobile and desktop browsers. Say goodbye to your lab of devices and virtual machines; 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.

BrowserStack belongs to "Browser Testing" category of the tech stack, while Visual Studio can be primarily classified under "Integrated Development Environment".

"Multiple browsers", "Ease of use" and "Real browsers" are the key factors why developers consider BrowserStack; whereas "Intellisense, ui", "Complete ide and debugger" and "Plug-ins" are the primary reasons why Visual Studio is favored.

According to the StackShare community, Visual Studio has a broader approval, being mentioned in 657 company stacks & 979 developers stacks; compared to BrowserStack, which is listed in 572 company stacks and 230 developer stacks.

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I am looking to purchase one of these tools for Mobile testing for my team. It should support Native, hybrid, and responsive app testing. It should also feature debugging, parallel execution, automation testing/easy integration with automation testing tools like Selenium, and the capability to provide availability of devices specifically for us to use at any time with good speed of performing all these activities.

I have already used Perfecto mobile, and Sauce Labs in my other projects before. I want to know how different or better is AWS Device farm in usage and how advantageous it would be for us to use it over other mentioned tools

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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 BrowserStack
Pros of Visual Studio
  • 131
    Multiple browsers
  • 71
    Ease of use
  • 59
    Real browsers
  • 40
    Ability to use it locally
  • 23
    Good price
  • 17
    Great web interface
  • 15
    IE support
  • 13
    Official mobile emulators
  • 12
    Cloud-based access
  • 11
    Instant access
  • 8
    Real mobile devices
  • 5
    Multiple Desktop OS
  • 5
    Selenium compatible
  • 4
    Screenshots
  • 4
    Can be used for Testing and E2E
  • 3
    Video of test runs
  • 3
    Pre-installed developer tools
  • 2
    Webdriver compatible
  • 2
    Supports Manual, Functional and Visual Diff Testing
  • 2
    Many browsers
  • 2
    Favourites
  • 1
    Free for Open Source
  • 1
    Cypress Compatible
  • 303
    Intellisense, ui
  • 243
    Complete ide and debugger
  • 164
    Plug-ins
  • 103
    Integrated
  • 93
    Documentation
  • 37
    Fast
  • 35
    Node tools for visual studio (ntvs)
  • 32
    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
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    Vim mode
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    VIM integration
  • 1
    I develop UWP apps and Intellisense is super useful
  • 1
    Available for Mac and Windows
  • 1
    The Power and Easiness to Do anything in any.. language
  • 1
    Cross platform development

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Cons of BrowserStack
Cons of Visual Studio
  • 2
    Very limited choice of minor versions
  • 15
    Bulky
  • 13
    Made by Microsoft
  • 4
    Sometimes you need to restart to finish an update
  • 3
    Only avalible on Windows
  • 2
    Too much size for disk

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What is BrowserStack?

BrowserStack is a leading software testing platform for developers to comprehensively test their websites and mobile applications across 2,000+ real browsers and devices in a single cloud platform—and at scale.

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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