Gradle vs Visual Studio Code

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Gradle vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

Developers describe Gradle as "A powerful build system for the JVM". Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites. 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.

Gradle belongs to "Java Build Tools" category of the tech stack, while Visual Studio Code can be primarily classified under "Text Editor".

"Flexibility" is the top reason why over 106 developers like Gradle, while over 237 developers mention "Powerful multilanguage IDE" as the leading cause for choosing Visual Studio Code.

Gradle 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 Gradle with 9.16K GitHub stars and 2.67K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Visual Studio Code has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1104 company stacks & 2298 developers stacks; compared to Gradle, which is listed in 456 company stacks and 351 developer stacks.

Decisions about Gradle and Visual Studio Code
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 732.8K views

Lightweight and versatile. Huge library of extensions that enable you to integrate a host of services to your development environment. VS Code's biggest strength is its library of extensions which enables it to directly compete with every single major IDE for almost all major programming languages.

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Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 12 upvotes · 991.8K views

Visual Studio Code became famous over the past 3+ years I believe. The clean UI, easy to use UX and the plethora of integrations made it a very easy decision for us. Our gripe with Sublime was probably only the UX side. VSCode has not failed us till now, and still is able to support our development env without any significant effort.

Goland being paid, as well as built only for Go seemed like a significant limitation to not consider it.

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Simon Ibssa
Student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo · | 2 upvotes · 920.6K views

I decided to choose VSCode over Sublime text for my Systems Programming class in C. What I love about VSCode is its awesome ability to add extensions. Intellisense is a beautiful debugger, and Remote SSH allows me to login and make real-time changes in VSCode to files on my university server. This is an awesome alternative to going back and forth on pushing/pulling code and logging into servers in the terminal. Great choice for anyone interested in C programming!

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Pros of Gradle
Pros of Visual Studio Code
  • 110
    Flexibility
  • 51
    Easy to use
  • 47
    Groovy dsl
  • 22
    Slow build time
  • 10
    Crazy memory leaks
  • 8
    Fast incremental builds
  • 5
    Kotlin DSL
  • 1
    Windows Support
  • 331
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 295
    Fast
  • 186
    Front-end develop out of the box
  • 153
    Support TypeScript IntelliSense
  • 138
    Very basic but free
  • 120
    Git integration
  • 103
    Intellisense
  • 75
    Faster than Atom
  • 49
    Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
  • 42
    Great Refactoring Tools
  • 41
    Good Plugins
  • 40
    Terminal
  • 36
    Superb markdown support
  • 35
    Open Source
  • 31
    Extensions
  • 26
    Awesome UI
  • 26
    Large & up-to-date extension community
  • 23
    Powerful and fast
  • 21
    Portable
  • 18
    Best code editor
  • 17
    Best editor
  • 16
    Easy to get started with
  • 15
    Crossplatform
  • 15
    Good for begginers
  • 14
    Built on Electron
  • 14
    Lots of extensions
  • 14
    Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
  • 13
    All Languages Support
  • 13
    Extensions for everything
  • 12
    Extensible
  • 11
    "fast, stable & easy to use"
  • 11
    Git out of the box
  • 11
    Useful for begginer
  • 11
    Ui design is great
  • 11
    Easy to use and learn
  • 11
    Faster edit for slow computer
  • 11
    Totally customizable
  • 10
    Great community
  • 9
    Powerful Debugger
  • 9
    SSH support
  • 9
    Great language support
  • 9
    Fast Startup
  • 9
    It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
  • 9
    Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
  • 8
    Can compile and run .py files
  • 7
    Python extension is fast
  • 7
    Features rich
  • 7
    Great document formater
  • 6
    She is not Rachel
  • 6
    He is not Michael
  • 6
    Awesome multi cursor support
  • 5
    Very proffesional
  • 5
    Easy azure
  • 5
    Language server client
  • 5
    Extension Echosystem
  • 5
    SFTP Workspace
  • 5
    VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
  • 4
    Has better support and more extentions for debugging
  • 4
    Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
  • 4
    Virtualenv integration
  • 3
    'batteries included'
  • 3
    Better autocompletes than Atom
  • 3
    Supports lots of operating systems
  • 3
    Has more than enough languages for any developer
  • 3
    Emmet preinstalled
  • 3
    More tools to integrate with vs
  • 2
    VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
  • 2
    CMake support with autocomplete
  • 2
    Light
  • 2
    Microsoft
  • 2
    Customizable
  • 2
    Fast and ruby is built right in
  • 1
    Big extension marketplace

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Cons of Gradle
Cons of Visual Studio Code
  • 7
    Inactionnable documentation
  • 6
    It is just the mess of Ant++
  • 4
    Hard to decide: ten or more ways to achieve one goal
  • 2
    Bad Eclipse tooling
  • 2
    Dependency on groovy
  • 44
    Slow startup
  • 27
    Resource hog at times
  • 20
    Poor refactoring
  • 13
    Poor UI Designer
  • 13
    Microsoft
  • 11
    Weak Ui design tools
  • 10
    Poor autocomplete
  • 7
    Poor in PHP
  • 7
    Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
  • 6
    Super Slow
  • 5
    Microsoft sends telemetry data
  • 3
    No Built in Browser Preview
  • 3
    No built in live Preview
  • 3
    Very basic for java development and buggy at times
  • 3
    No color Intergrator
  • 3
    Poor in Python
  • 2
    It's MicroSoft
  • 2
    Bad Plugin Architecture
  • 2
    Electron
  • 1
    Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
  • 1
    Powered by Electron

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What is Gradle?

Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.

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 Gradle and Visual Studio Code?
Apache Ant
Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, without Make's wrinkles and with the full portability of pure Java code.
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.
Groovy
It is a powerful multi-faceted programming language for the JVM platform. It supports a spectrum of programming styles incorporating features from dynamic languages such as optional and duck typing, but also static compilation and static type checking at levels similar to or greater than Java through its extensible static type checker. It aims to greatly increase developer productivity with many powerful features but also a concise, familiar and easy to learn syntax.
Apache Maven
Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
Bazel
Bazel is a build tool that builds code quickly and reliably. It is used to build the majority of Google's software, and thus it has been designed to handle build problems present in Google's development environment.
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