JetBrains Rider vs Visual Studio Code

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JetBrains Rider vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

JetBrains Rider and Visual Studio Code are both popular integrated development environments (IDEs) that are used for coding, debugging, and testing software. While they serve similar purposes, there are several key differences between the two.

  1. IDE Platform: JetBrains Rider is built on the IntelliJ platform, which is specifically designed for Java development. On the other hand, Visual Studio Code is built on Electron, a web-based platform, making it more versatile and compatible with different programming languages and frameworks.

  2. Language Support: JetBrains Rider primarily focuses on providing excellent support for .NET and C# development. It offers advanced features like code analysis, refactoring tools, and support for various .NET frameworks. Visual Studio Code, on the other hand, is designed with a broader language support, offering extensions and plugins for a wide range of programming languages including JavaScript, Python, Go, and many others.

  3. Debugging Capabilities: Both IDEs offer debugging capabilities, but JetBrains Rider has a more comprehensive set of features. It provides a powerful debugger for .NET applications, including support for remote debugging, attaching to running processes, and advanced breakpoint management. Visual Studio Code also offers debugging capabilities, but it is more focused on web development and provides extensive support for debugging JavaScript, TypeScript, and Node.js applications.

  4. Code Navigation and Productivity: JetBrains Rider excels in code navigation and productivity features. It offers intelligent code completion, code inspection, and code generation tools to speed up development. It also provides advanced features like code analysis, finding code duplicates, and automatic code generation for unit tests. Visual Studio Code emphasizes simplicity and flexibility, offering lightweight code navigation features and customizable keyboard shortcuts, making it easier for beginners or developers who prefer a more minimalistic environment.

  5. Integration with Collaboration Tools: JetBrains Rider integrates well with other JetBrains tools such as ReSharper, which provides additional code analysis and refactoring capabilities. It also has built-in support for version control systems like Git, allowing developers to easily manage source code changes. Visual Studio Code, on the other hand, excels in integrating with various collaboration tools and services such as GitHub, Azure DevOps, and Live Share, enabling seamless collaboration and team development.

  6. Ecosystem and Community Support: Visual Studio Code has a larger user community and a broader ecosystem of extensions and plugins. It has a vast marketplace with thousands of extensions, themes, and tools that can be easily integrated into the IDE. JetBrains Rider has a more focused community and a smaller marketplace, but it benefits from the strong reputation and quality of JetBrains tools.

In summary, JetBrains Rider is a specialized IDE for .NET and C# development, built on the robust IntelliJ platform, providing excellent language support and a comprehensive set of features. On the other hand, Visual Studio Code is a versatile and lightweight IDE that focuses on simplicity and flexibility, with broader language support and extensive integration with collaboration tools.

Decisions about JetBrains Rider and Visual Studio Code
Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 12 upvotes · 1.3M 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 · 1.2M 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 JetBrains Rider
Pros of Visual Studio Code
  • 4
    ReSharper for VS bundled
  • 3
    Runs on Linux
  • 3
    NuGet package manager
  • 3
    Debug & Trace support
  • 2
    SQL editing tools
  • 2
    Refactoring support
  • 2
    Free for Open Source projects
  • 2
    64-bit process
  • 2
    Solution-wide refactoring
  • 2
    Intellisense
  • 340
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 308
    Fast
  • 193
    Front-end develop out of the box
  • 158
    Support TypeScript IntelliSense
  • 142
    Very basic but free
  • 126
    Git integration
  • 106
    Intellisense
  • 78
    Faster than Atom
  • 53
    Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
  • 45
    Great Refactoring Tools
  • 44
    Good Plugins
  • 42
    Terminal
  • 38
    Superb markdown support
  • 36
    Open Source
  • 35
    Extensions
  • 26
    Awesome UI
  • 26
    Large & up-to-date extension community
  • 24
    Powerful and fast
  • 22
    Portable
  • 18
    Best editor
  • 18
    Best code editor
  • 17
    Easy to get started with
  • 15
    Lots of extensions
  • 15
    Good for begginers
  • 15
    Crossplatform
  • 15
    Built on Electron
  • 14
    Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
  • 14
    Extensions for everything
  • 14
    All Languages Support
  • 13
    Easy to use and learn
  • 12
    Extensible
  • 12
    "fast, stable & easy to use"
  • 11
    Ui design is great
  • 11
    Useful for begginer
  • 11
    Totally customizable
  • 11
    Git out of the box
  • 11
    Faster edit for slow computer
  • 10
    SSH support
  • 10
    Great community
  • 10
    Fast Startup
  • 9
    Great language support
  • 9
    It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
  • 9
    Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
  • 9
    Powerful Debugger
  • 8
    Can compile and run .py files
  • 8
    Python extension is fast
  • 7
    Great document formater
  • 7
    Features rich
  • 6
    He is not Michael
  • 6
    Awesome multi cursor support
  • 6
    She is not Rachel
  • 6
    Extension Echosystem
  • 5
    VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
  • 5
    SFTP Workspace
  • 5
    Very proffesional
  • 5
    Language server client
  • 5
    Easy azure
  • 4
    Has better support and more extentions for debugging
  • 4
    Supports lots of operating systems
  • 4
    Virtualenv integration
  • 4
    Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
  • 3
    Emmet preinstalled
  • 3
    More tools to integrate with vs
  • 3
    Has more than enough languages for any developer
  • 3
    Better autocompletes than Atom
  • 3
    'batteries included'
  • 2
    Microsoft
  • 2
    Light
  • 2
    Big extension marketplace
  • 2
    CMake support with autocomplete
  • 2
    Fast and ruby is built right in
  • 2
    VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
  • 2
    Customizable

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Cons of JetBrains Rider
Cons of Visual Studio Code
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    Costs money
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    Cheaper
  • 46
    Slow startup
  • 29
    Resource hog at times
  • 20
    Poor refactoring
  • 13
    Poor UI Designer
  • 11
    Weak Ui design tools
  • 10
    Poor autocomplete
  • 8
    Super Slow
  • 8
    Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
  • 8
    Microsoft sends telemetry data
  • 7
    Poor in PHP
  • 6
    It's MicroSoft
  • 3
    Poor in Python
  • 3
    No Built in Browser Preview
  • 3
    No color Intergrator
  • 3
    Very basic for java development and buggy at times
  • 3
    No built in live Preview
  • 3
    Electron
  • 2
    Bad Plugin Architecture
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    Powered by Electron
  • 1
    Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
  • 1
    Slow C++ Language Server

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What is JetBrains Rider?

It supports .NET Framework, the new cross-platform .NET Core, and Mono based projects. It lets you develop a wide range of applications including .NET desktop applications, services and libraries, ASP.NET Core web applications and more.

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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