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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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Decisions about Visual Studio Code and WebStorm
Russel Werner
Russel Werner
Lead Engineer at StackShare · | 7 upvotes · 7.7K views
Visual Studio Code

We use Prettier because when we rebooted our front-end stack, I decided that it would be an efficient use of our time to not worry about code formatting issues and personal preferences during peer review. Prettier eliminates this concern by auto-formatting our code to a deterministic output. We use it along with ESLint and have 1st-class support in our WebStorm and Visual Studio Code editors.

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Buzz Zhang
Buzz Zhang
CTO at Qiban · | 7 upvotes · 2K views
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because plugins. For choosing IDE, the most important part is not IDE itself, but plugins. Some may argues that Visual Studio Code is not IDE, but I like to call it IDE, any text editor can do debug is IDE. Visual Studio Code can do it, and can use ESLint and Prettier , so it's IDE.

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Vijay Manchi
Vijay Manchi
at Yammer · | 5 upvotes · 2.1K views
Visual Studio Code

I use Visual Studio Code because its fast, and has lot of extensions that makes development with many languages, frameworks and cloud services very easy. Also love the shortcut keys and the ability to customize the behavior of the IDE in lots of different ways. Another aspect of it thats nice is that it's very transparent. It allows us to see every piece of code, config etc. without automatically generating or hiding parts of it behind some GUI. So we will be exposed to every aspect of the development giving us better confidence and understanding of how the build, debugging, packaging, testing, publishing etc. works exactly.

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Reviews of Visual Studio Code and WebStorm
Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code takes writing code to the next level.

There is a great community out there, it is open source, it is lightning fast, and it just works out of the box.

It has a TON of useful extensions that can make the software do just about anything that you can imagine. It has GIT support directly within the software that doesn't require any extra plugins or configuration.

Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

I have been using VS code to develop Angular 2 application, it is great a highly support of Angular Directives and Services within HTML tags. It ease the development process of understanding syntax as a beginner in web development

How developers use Visual Studio Code and WebStorm
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Cloudcraft uses WebStormWebStorm

WebStorm is the best IDE hands-down for JavaScript developers. Yes, there's more lightweight editors (and nothing beats vim when debugging remotely), but the sheer productivity of WebStorm is unparalleled. React/JSX support? Check. ES2015 support? You bet. Node.js profiling? Yes! Look, if you can't rename a class or variable reliably across a JavaScript project, follow references, debug (without console logs) your editor sucks. Don't use a editor that sucks, use WebStorm!

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Mick Dekkers uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

I love how responsive VS Code is, and the out-of-the-box intelligent code completion it provides for many JavaScript libraries and frameworks has been a great boost to my productivity. We also have it to thank for pioneering the language server protocol, which allows the development of code intelligence tools for any editor or IDE.

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Matt Welke uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Performant, flexible editor/IDE. My main programming languages (JavaScript, TypeScript and C#) have good support in it. Another language I plan to use more in the future, Go, has okay support right now which is improving.

Also, as a developer who prefers using Linux as a workstation OS, I appreciate it being cross-platform.

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Promethean TV uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

PrometheanTV builds applications and services utilizing a variety of languages and technologies. The Visual Studio Code IDE is used by various technical staff to build software on a variety of languages supported by the IDE including C#, HTML/CSS/JS, etc.

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David Flynn uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Increasingly we are using VS Code more and more. It is very handy for working on Javascript, Powershell scrips, TSQL, markdown etc. Often use it's integrated terminals for spinning up APIs, running off tests and running various scripts.

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GHA Technologies uses WebStormWebStorm

For all our team's coding because of its support of core libraries like angular and ruby on rails

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Promethean TV uses WebStormWebStorm

IDE used for development of various web applications and services at Promethean.

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Coolfront Technologies uses WebStormWebStorm

Developer's use for editing and developing Javascript projects.

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Riderman De Sousa Barbosa uses WebStormWebStorm

We just use because we love it :)... but is not required.

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