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Cloud9 IDE vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

Developers describe Cloud9 IDE as "Your development environment, in the cloud". Cloud9 provides a development environment in the cloud. Cloud9 enables developers to get started with coding immediately with pre-setup environments called workspaces, collaborate with their peers with collaborative coding features, and build web apps with features like live preview and browser compatibility testing. It supports more than 40 languages, with class A support for PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript/Node.js, and Go. 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.

Cloud9 IDE can be classified as a tool in the "Cloud IDE" category, while Visual Studio Code is grouped under "Text Editor".

"Easy to use", "Free" and "Nice UI" are the key factors why developers consider Cloud9 IDE; 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.

PedidosYa, Yahoo!, and triGo GmbH are some of the popular companies that use Visual Studio Code, whereas Cloud9 IDE is used by Heroku, Salesforce, and Mailchimp. Visual Studio Code has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1104 company stacks & 2298 developers stacks; compared to Cloud9 IDE, which is listed in 28 company stacks and 40 developer stacks.

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What is Cloud9 IDE?

Cloud9 provides a development environment in the cloud. Cloud9 enables developers to get started with coding immediately with pre-setup environments called workspaces, collaborate with their peers with collaborative coding features, and build web apps with features like live preview and browser compatibility testing. It supports more than 40 languages, with class A support for PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript/Node.js, and Go.

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 Cloud9 IDE and Visual Studio Code?
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Decisions about Cloud9 IDE and Visual Studio Code
Denys
Denys
Software engineer at Typeform · | 7 upvotes · 32.5K views
atTypeformTypeform
Docker Compose
Docker Compose
Docker
Docker
Git
Git
Vim
Vim
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Go
Go
  • Go because it's easy and simple, facilitates collaboration , and also it's fast, scalable, powerful.
  • Visual Studio Code because it has one of the most sophisticated Go language support plugins.
  • Vim because it's Vim
  • Git because it's Git
  • Docker and Docker Compose because it's quick and easy to have reproducible builds/tests with them
  • @Archlinux (wtf it's not here?!) because Docker for Mac/Win is a disaster for the human's central nervous system, and Arch is the coolest Linux distro so far
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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 · 29.9K 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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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? 👇

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Kyle Maune
Kyle Maune
Software Engineer at Cooper Aerial · | 6 upvotes · 8K 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’t a plugin for your favorite language. It’s super easy to install plugins and packages (or to write your own!). The editor defaults are great: it’s the best default setup I’ve 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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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
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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 Muñoz
Gustavo Muñoz
Web UI Developer at Globant · | 3 upvotes · 20.1K 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 · 45.6K views
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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 Cloud9 IDE and Visual Studio Code
Review ofCloud9 IDECloud9 IDE
  • I use a Cloud9 micro plan and connect SSH workspaces to Google Compute Engine instances.

  • For me, Cloud 9 has good documentation, and it's relatively quick to install on my Debian instances using the Cloud 9 install script.

  • I prefer a cloud-based IDE since I don't want to spend resources on my local or remote machines running or maintaining an IDE.

  • As of Dec 2015, Cloud9 doesn't support debugging in Python. However, this hasn't been a problem for me since I use pdb for debugging and pytest for testing. I use the IDE mostly for code navigation, autocomplete, and managing packages with many files.

  • Related blog post with example usage: Running an IPython Notebook on Google Compute Engine from Chrome

Review ofCloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

I've tried to use Cloud9, but I really don't like it. They say it has real-time collaboration, and it does — but only for 2 people, because the backend shuts everything down and lets nobody access anything if more than 2 people want to use it. The UI looks pretty bad, Cloud9 is completely inaccessible from mobile devices, and it freezes my computer because it uses so much memory. It's free and they will host your files for free, but I much prefer GitHub.

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

Review ofCloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

I don't like Cloud9 because when several people(even 4) are on the workspace, the entire thing lags out. Really frustrating

How developers use Cloud9 IDE and Visual Studio Code
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Samuel Harrold uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE
  • I use a Cloud9 micro plan and connect SSH workspaces to Google Compute Engine instances.
  • For me, Cloud 9 has good documentation, and it's relatively quick to install on my Debian instances using the Cloud 9 install script.
  • I prefer a cloud-based IDE since I don't want to spend resources on my local or remote machines running or maintaining an IDE.
  • As of Dec 2015, Cloud9 doesn't support debugging in Python. However, this hasn't been a problem for me since I use pdb for debugging and pytest for testing. I use the IDE mostly for code navigation, autocomplete, and managing packages with many files.
  • Related blog post with example usage: Running an IPython Notebook on Google Compute Engine from Chrome
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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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Yaakov Belch uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

I use the clound9 IDE mainly in my training courses: Students don't need to install anything on their Laptops to participate in the live exercises.

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MyklClason uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

I use Cloud9 as my preferred Rails development environment. It saves me a lot time and trouble compared to developing locally (I run Windows).

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Tim De Lange uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

Quick testing of frameworks without having to install on my own PC.

Very useful when you cannot use your own computer.

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InApplet uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

IDE online onde é desenvolvido nosso código-fonte, recomendamos Cloud9

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