Monaco Editor vs Visual Studio Code

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Monaco Editor vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

What is Monaco Editor? A browser based code editor. The Monaco Editor is the code editor that powers VS Code. It is licensed under the MIT License and supports IE 9/10/11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

What is Visual Studio Code? 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.

Monaco Editor and Visual Studio Code belong to "Text Editor" category of the tech stack.

"Out of the Box Intellisense" is the top reason why over 3 developers like Monaco Editor, while over 237 developers mention "Powerful multilanguage IDE" as the leading cause for choosing Visual Studio Code.

Monaco Editor and Visual Studio Code are both open source tools. Visual Studio Code with 79.3K GitHub stars and 11.1K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Monaco Editor with 15.9K GitHub stars and 1.39K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Visual Studio Code has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1133 company stacks & 2378 developers stacks; compared to Monaco Editor, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 10 developer stacks.

Decisions about Monaco Editor and Visual Studio Code
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 798.7K 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 · 1.1M 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 · 997.1K 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 Monaco Editor
Pros of Visual Studio Code
  • 5
    Out of the Box Intellisense
  • 3
    More features than Ace
  • 2
    Power vscode, with all it's features
  • 2
    Microsoft Product
  • 1
    Accessibility
  • 1
    Good support for none-monospace fonts
  • 333
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 297
    Fast
  • 188
    Front-end develop out of the box
  • 154
    Support TypeScript IntelliSense
  • 139
    Very basic but free
  • 121
    Git integration
  • 104
    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 Monaco Editor
Cons of Visual Studio Code
  • 6
    Microsoft
  • 44
    Slow startup
  • 27
    Resource hog at times
  • 20
    Poor refactoring
  • 14
    Microsoft
  • 13
    Poor UI Designer
  • 11
    Weak Ui design tools
  • 10
    Poor autocomplete
  • 7
    Poor in PHP
  • 7
    Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
  • 6
    Microsoft sends telemetry data
  • 6
    Super Slow
  • 4
    It's MicroSoft
  • 3
    No built in live Preview
  • 3
    Very basic for java development and buggy at times
  • 3
    No Built in Browser Preview
  • 3
    No color Intergrator
  • 3
    Poor in Python
  • 2
    Electron
  • 2
    Bad Plugin Architecture
  • 1
    Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
  • 1
    Powered by Electron

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What is Monaco Editor?

The Monaco Editor is the code editor that powers VS Code. It is licensed under the MIT License and supports IE 9/10/11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

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 Monaco Editor and Visual Studio Code?
CodeMirror
CodeMirror is a JavaScript component that provides a code editor in the browser. When a mode is available for the language you are coding in, it will color your code, and optionally help with indentation.
Sublime Text
Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.
Vim
Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.
Notepad++
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
Atom
At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.
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