CLion vs Visual Studio vs Xcode

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Advice on CLion, 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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Decisions about CLion, Visual Studio, and Xcode
Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 5 upvotes · 23.5K views

Expo was a tool Macombey really wanted to utilize from the beginning. I have been working with React Native since 2016 and originally I had to use simulators in Xcode, install pods on top of node packages, configure certificates, and more abundant objectives that take time away from actual development. As a development studio, we have to move quick and get projects to our clients and partners in a matter of months.

Expo made this easy for us. We now have a mobile app for clients to download and test their project on, there is no need to install pods or configure Xcode, and development is super fast and reliable now.

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Pros of CLion
Pros of Visual Studio
Pros of Xcode
  • 29
    Good editor
  • 28
    Easy setup
  • 22
    Already one of the best C/C++ IDEs, even before launch
  • 22
    Powerful refactoring, extremely smart IDE
  • 20
    Cross-platform build
  • 18
    Clean, Sleek User Interface
  • 17
    Much faster and smarter than Intellisense
  • 13
    Vertically/Horizontally split windows
  • 12
    Great navigation, error messages and auto completion
  • 9
    Vim plugin
  • 8
    Not a 20gb installation
  • 5
    It is best IDE
  • 3
    Like this one because of - not a 20GB installation
  • 2
    Free Flowing C++ IDE
  • 1
    IDE supports Python with all features of PyCharm CE
  • 298
    Intellisense, ui
  • 238
    Complete ide and debugger
  • 162
    Plug-ins
  • 101
    Integrated
  • 92
    Documentation
  • 35
    Fast
  • 34
    Node tools for visual studio (ntvs)
  • 30
    Free Community edition
  • 23
    Simple
  • 17
    Bug free
  • 7
    Made by Microsoft
  • 5
    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 CLion
Cons of Visual Studio
Cons of Xcode
  • 2
    No good support for Makefiles
  • 2
    Not free, unless you are a student
  • 14
    Bulky
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    Made by Microsoft
  • 3
    Only avalible on Windows
  • 1
    Sometimes you need to restart to finish an update
  • 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 CLion?

Knowing your code through and through, CLion can take care of the routine while you focus on the important things. Boost your productivity with the keyboard-centric approach (Vim-emulation plugin is also available in plugin repository), full coding assistance, smart and relevant code completion, fast project navigation, intelligent intention actions, and reliable refactorings.

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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