Qt Creator vs Visual Studio Code

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Qt Creator vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

Key Differences between Qt Creator and Visual Studio Code

Introduction

In this article, we will compare and highlight the key differences between Qt Creator and Visual Studio Code, two popular integrated development environments (IDEs) used by developers for software development.

  1. User Interface: Qt Creator provides a rich user interface specifically designed for developing applications using the Qt framework. It offers a comprehensive set of tools and features that are tailored for Qt development. On the other hand, Visual Studio Code is a versatile and customizable code editor that supports a wide range of programming languages, including Qt. Its user interface is more generic and can be customized according to the user's preferences.

  2. Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Features: Qt Creator offers a wide range of built-in features that are focused on Qt development, such as a visual designer, Qt project management, and built-in debugging tools. It also provides seamless integration with other Qt-related tools and libraries. Visual Studio Code, on the other hand, is a lightweight code editor that can be extended with various plugins and extensions to add desired IDE features. It may require additional setup and configuration compared to Qt Creator.

  3. Language Support: Qt Creator is primarily designed for C++ development, especially for developing applications using the Qt framework. It provides extensive support for C++ code navigation, autocompletion, and refactoring. Visual Studio Code, on the other hand, supports a wide range of programming languages out-of-the-box, including C++, JavaScript, Python, and many others. It provides language-specific extensions and plugins for each supported language to enhance the development experience.

  4. Platform and Ecosystem Integration: Qt Creator is tightly integrated with the Qt framework and provides seamless access to Qt libraries and APIs, making it easier to develop cross-platform applications. It also offers Qt-specific project templates, wizards, and tools for building and deploying Qt applications. Visual Studio Code, on the other hand, provides a wider range of platform and ecosystem integration options. It supports various version control systems, build systems, and debugging tools, making it easier to work with different development workflows and platforms.

  5. Extensibility and Customization: Qt Creator offers a limited range of extensibility options compared to Visual Studio Code. While it provides some customization options, such as adding custom wizards or integrating external tools, it doesn't offer the same level of extensibility and customization as Visual Studio Code. Visual Studio Code has a vast ecosystem of extensions that can be used to add functionality, themes, and integrations with third-party tools, allowing developers to tailor their development environment according to their specific needs.

  6. Community and Support: Qt Creator has a dedicated community of Qt developers, forums, and resources that provide support and assistance for Qt development. Additionally, Qt Creator is backed by the Qt Company, which offers commercial support and services. Visual Studio Code, on the other hand, has a much larger community and ecosystem due to its popularity. It has extensive documentation, official support from Microsoft, and a vast library of community-contributed extensions, making it easier to find resources and solutions for various development challenges.

In summary, Qt Creator is a specialized IDE designed for Qt development, offering a rich set of Qt-specific tools and features. Visual Studio Code, on the other hand, is a highly customizable code editor suitable for multiple programming languages, with a wider ecosystem and extensive community support. The choice between Qt Creator and Visual Studio Code depends on the specific requirements of the project and the developer's preferred development workflow.

Decisions about Qt Creator 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 Qt Creator
Pros of Visual Studio Code
  • 5
    User friendly
  • 2
    Free and opensource
  • 2
    Code intellisense for qml
  • 1
    Light and Fast
  • 1
    Supports cmake
  • 1
    Multi Window mode
  • 1
    QML Designer
  • 1
    Code intellisense for c++
  • 1
    Supports qmake
  • 1
    Vim mode
  • 1
    Debug and Profile tools
  • 1
    Visual Editor
  • 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 Qt Creator
Cons of Visual Studio Code
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    • 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
    • 2
      Powered by Electron
    • 1
      Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
    • 1
      Slow C++ Language Server

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