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Visual Studio Code vs WebStorm: What are the differences?

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; WebStorm: The smartest JavaScript IDE. WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.

Visual Studio Code belongs to “Text Editor” category of the tech stack, while WebStorm can be primarily classified under “Integrated Development Environment”.

“Combines UI of a modern editor with code assistance and navigation” is the main feature offered by Visual Studio Code, whereas WebStorm provides “Coding assistance for JavaScript and TypeScript” as a key feature.

“Powerful multilanguage IDE”, “Fast” and “Front-end develop out of the box” are the key factors why developers consider Visual Studio Code; whereas “Intelligent ide”, “Smart development environment” and “Easy js debugging” are the primary reasons why WebStorm is favored.

Visual Studio Code is an open source tool with 77.4K GitHub stars and 10.7K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Visual Studio Code's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Visual Studio Code has a broader appeal, being mentioned in 1085 company stacks & 2050 developers stacks; compared to WebStorm, which is listed in 456 company stacks and 940 developer stacks.

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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.

What is WebStorm?

WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.
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    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.
    Visual Studio
    Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
    Eclipse
    Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
    IntelliJ IDEA
    Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.
    PyCharm
    PyCharm’s smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!
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    Kyle Maune
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    • Detailed documentation that has everything you need!

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