Visual Studio vs Visual Studio Code

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

Developers describe Visual Studio as "State-of-the-art tools and services that you can use to create great apps for devices, the cloud, and everything in between". Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications. On the other hand, Visual Studio Code is detailed as "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.

Visual Studio can be classified as a tool in the "Integrated Development Environment" category, while Visual Studio Code is grouped under "Text Editor".

"Intellisense, ui", "Complete ide and debugger" and "Plug-ins" are the key factors why developers consider Visual Studio; whereas "Powerful multilanguage IDE", "Fast" and "Front-end develop out of the box" are the primary reasons why Visual Studio Code is favored.

Visual Studio Code is an open source tool with 78.4K GitHub stars and 10.9K 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 approval, being mentioned in 1104 company stacks & 2298 developers stacks; compared to Visual Studio, which is listed in 657 company stacks and 978 developer stacks.

Advice on Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code

The problem I have is whether to choose Android Studio or Visual Studio? I have to develop a simple app for a school project that can work on both iPhone and Android.

The most important factors for me are Android and iOS compatibility. Although note that i would like to become a Software Engineer when i finish my course. (I'd like to work for Apple, just saying!)

After that id like easy integration for Google Ads and such if i do develop another app that people actually use to support development. (I'd also like to stick with one easy programming language that's compatible with a wide variety of platforms since i'm a beginner and have only ever used Pascal)

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First of all - Android Studio and Visual Studio are IDE's. Tools to create code. What you are asking is programming framework. I assume that when you are talking about Android Studio you mean Native Android Development and by Visual Studio you mean Xamarin.

If you want to create crossplatform app then Native Android Development is NOT a way to go. Xamarin might work for you, BUT - you'd rather recommend you to go with Flutter. It's much more performant than Xamarin, programming model is friendlier for developer and technology seems just more refined. It's also officially supported by google, so no worries about support.

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Decisions about Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 424.7K 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
Head of Engineering at Dibiz Pte. Ltd. · | 12 upvotes · 655.2K 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 · 584.2K 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 Visual Studio
Pros of Visual Studio Code
  • 297
    Intellisense, ui
  • 237
    Complete ide and debugger
  • 162
    Plug-ins
  • 100
    Integrated
  • 91
    Documentation
  • 34
    Fast
  • 34
    Node tools for visual studio (ntvs)
  • 29
    Free Community edition
  • 22
    Simple
  • 17
    Bug free
  • 6
    Made by Microsoft
  • 4
    Full free community version
  • 3
    JetBrains plugins (ReSharper etc.) work sufficiently OK
  • 3
    Productivity Power Tools
  • 2
    VIM integration
  • 2
    Vim mode
  • 1
    The Power and Easiness to Do anything in any.. language
  • 1
    I develop UWP apps and Intellisense is super useful
  • 322
    Powerful multilanguage IDE
  • 288
    Fast
  • 183
    Front-end develop out of the box
  • 151
    Support TypeScript IntelliSense
  • 134
    Very basic but free
  • 115
    Git integration
  • 98
    Intellisense
  • 72
    Faster than Atom
  • 45
    Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
  • 41
    Great Refactoring Tools
  • 38
    Good Plugins
  • 36
    Superb markdown support
  • 36
    Terminal
  • 32
    Open Source
  • 27
    Extensions
  • 25
    Large & up-to-date extension community
  • 25
    Awesome UI
  • 22
    Powerful and fast
  • 20
    Portable
  • 16
    Best editor
  • 16
    Best code editor
  • 15
    Easy to get started with
  • 14
    Built on Electron
  • 14
    Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
  • 14
    Good for begginers
  • 14
    Crossplatform
  • 13
    Lots of extensions
  • 12
    All Languages Support
  • 11
    Ui design is great
  • 11
    Useful for begginer
  • 11
    Extensions for everything
  • 11
    Easy to use and learn
  • 11
    Faster edit for slow computer
  • 11
    Totally customizable
  • 11
    Extensible
  • 10
    Git out of the box
  • 10
    "fast, stable & easy to use"
  • 9
    It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
  • 9
    Great community
  • 9
    Great language support
  • 8
    Fast Startup
  • 8
    Powerful Debugger
  • 8
    SSH support
  • 8
    Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
  • 7
    Features rich
  • 7
    Great document formater
  • 7
    Python extension is fast
  • 7
    Can compile and run .py files
  • 6
    He is not Michael
  • 6
    She is not Rachel
  • 6
    Awesome multi cursor support
  • 5
    Extension Echosystem
  • 5
    Easy azure
  • 5
    VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
  • 5
    Language server client
  • 5
    SFTP Workspace
  • 4
    Very proffesional
  • 4
    Has better support and more extentions for debugging
  • 3
    Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
  • 3
    Virtualenv integration
  • 3
    Supports lots of operating systems
  • 3
    Emmet preinstalled
  • 3
    'batteries included'
  • 3
    Has more than enough languages for any developer
  • 2
    VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
  • 2
    Fast and ruby is built right in
  • 2
    Better autocompletes than Atom
  • 2
    CMake support with autocomplete
  • 2
    Light
  • 2
    More tools to integrate with vs

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Cons of Visual Studio
Cons of Visual Studio Code
  • 14
    Bulky
  • 12
    Made by Microsoft
  • 3
    Only avalible on Windows
  • 35
    Slow startup
  • 20
    Resource hog at times
  • 17
    Poor refactoring
  • 10
    Poor UI Designer
  • 9
    Weak Ui design tools
  • 7
    Poor autocomplete
  • 7
    Microsoft
  • 6
    Poor in PHP
  • 4
    Poor at Python
  • 3
    Super Slow
  • 3
    Poor intellisense. poor java
  • 2
    Microsoft sends telemetry data
  • 2
    No Built in Browser Preview
  • 2
    No built in live Preview
  • 2
    Very basic for java development and buggy at times
  • 2
    Poor in Python
  • 2
    Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
  • 2
    No color Intergrator
  • 2
    Dilshad
  • 1
    Bad Plugin Architecture

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What is Visual Studio?

Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.

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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Atom
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CLion
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