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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.
Visual Studio is a tool in the Integrated Development Environment category of a tech stack.

Who uses Visual Studio?

Companies
1072 companies reportedly use Visual Studio in their tech stacks, including Microsoft, Intuit, and Starbucks.

Developers
9217 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Visual Studio.

Visual Studio Integrations

Azure DevOps, .NET Core, Sauce Labs, Windows, and Azure Functions are some of the popular tools that integrate with Visual Studio. Here's a list of all 47 tools that integrate with Visual Studio.

Why developers like Visual Studio?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Visual Studio
Visual Studio Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Visual Studio in their tech stack.

C#
C#
Java
Java
Visual Studio
Visual Studio

I use C# because of the ease of designing user interfaces compared to Java. Using Visual Studio makes C# a breeze for prototyping and creating apps and I really appreciate how quickly I can turn an idea into reality. I was first introduced to C# in a special topics course and quickly started preferring it over Java. The similarities between the two made the switch easy while the added benefits C# offers made it very worth it.

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Andrey Kurdyumov
Andrey Kurdyumov
Sr. Software developer · | 14 upvotes · 10K views
TypeScript
TypeScript
Visual Studio
Visual Studio
JavaScript
JavaScript

I use TypeScript because it greatly simplify my refactoring efforts. I regularly re-validate my assumption about application architecture, and strictness of types allow me write make changes safely using just Visual Studio tooling. Integration with existing JavaScript libraries very simple and fast. If I have no time, I could just use any type as output of JS module. When I have more time, I could just submit PR to DefinitelyTyped and it would be quickly accepted. Overall it gives less ambiguity for my code.

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Farzad Jalali
Farzad Jalali
Senior Software Architect at BerryWorld · | 8 upvotes · 67.2K views
Visual Studio
Visual Studio
Azure DevOps
Azure DevOps
Azure Functions
Azure Functions
Azure Websites
Azure Websites
Azure Kubernetes Service
Azure Kubernetes Service
#Azure
#AzureKeyVault
#AzureAD
#AzureApps

Visual Studio Azure DevOps Azure Functions Azure Websites #Azure #AzureKeyVault #AzureAD #AzureApps

#Azure Cloud Since Amazon is potentially our competitor then we need a different cloud vendor, also our programmers are microsoft oriented so the choose were obviously #Azure for us.

Azure DevOps Because we need to be able to develop a neww pipeline into Azure environment ina few minutes.

Azure Kubernetes Service We already in #Azure , also need to use K8s , so let's use AKS as it's a manged Kubernetes in the #Azure

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Nicholas Rogoff
Nicholas Rogoff
at Avanade UK Ltd. · | 7 upvotes · 378.6K views
atNHS Digital (NHS.UK)NHS Digital (NHS.UK)
.NET Core
.NET Core
C#
C#
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server
JavaScript
JavaScript
jQuery
jQuery
Git
Git
Azure DevOps
Azure DevOps
Postman
Postman
Newman
Newman
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio
Visual Studio

Secure Membership Web API backed by SQL Server. This is the backing API to store additional profile and complex membership metadata outside of an Azure AD B2C provider. The front-end using the Azure AD B2C to allow 3rd party trusted identity providers to authenticate. This API provides a way to add and manage more complex permission structures than can easily be maintained in Azure AD.

We have .Net developers and an Azure infrastructure environment using server-less functions, logic apps and SaaS where ever possible. For this service I opted to keep it as a classic WebAPI project and deployed to AppService.

  • Trusted Authentication Provider: @AzureActiveDirectoryB2C
  • Frameworks: .NET Core
  • Language: C# , Microsoft SQL Server , JavaScript
  • IDEs: Visual Studio Code , Visual Studio
  • Libraries: jQuery @EntityFramework, @AutoMapper, @FeatureToggle , @Swashbuckle
  • Database: @SqlAzure
  • Source Control: Git
  • Build and Release Pipelines: Azure DevOps
  • Test tools: Postman , Newman
  • Test framework: @nUnit, @moq
  • Infrastructure: @AzureAppService, @AzureAPIManagement
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Maria Naggaga
Maria Naggaga
Senior Program Manager - .NET Team at Microsoft · | 7 upvotes · 72.9K views
atMicrosoftMicrosoft
.NET
.NET
Visual Studio
Visual Studio
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
#Web
#Mobile
#Games
#Machinelearning
#AI
#Desktop

.NET Core is #free, #cross-platform, and #opensource. A developer platform for building all types of apps ( #web apps #mobile #games #machinelearning #AI and #Desktop ).

Developers have chosen .NET for:

Productive: Combined with the extensive class libraries, common APIs, multi-language support, and the powerful tooling provided by the Visual Studio family ( Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code ), .NET is the most productive platform for developers.

Any app: From mobile applications running on iOS, Android and Windows, to Enterprise server applications running on Windows Server and Linux, or high-scale microservices running in the cloud, .NET provides a solution for you.

Performance: .NET is fast. Really fast! The popular TechEmpower benchmark compares web application frameworks with tasks like JSON serialization, database access, and server side template rendering - .NET performs faster than any other popular framework.

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.NET
.NET
Visual Studio
Visual Studio
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Docker
Docker
Kubernetes
Kubernetes

I have been working in .NET for more than 10 years. As an architect, I understand that enterprises want to lower costs. Full .NET framework, although excellent, has lot of costs around it - starting from Visual Studio for development (Enterprises cannot use Community edition) to Windows Server licensing for hosting. .NET Core makes development faster, cheaper and accessible to anyone. It is easier to convince bosses to go with .NET Core than with the full framework. With Visual Studio Code, development teams can install it in minutes compared to the full day they had to submit their laptop to IT team to get full Visual Studio installed. .NET Core is also highly performant and has been my choice for an IoT project that I have been executing with microservices running in a Docker container managed by Kubernetes! Unless I have a specific need, I preach the gospel of .NET Core.

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Visual Studio Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Visual Studio?
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.
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.
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.
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.
CLion
Knowing your code through and through, CLion can take care of the routine while you focus on the important things. Boost your productivity with the keyboard-centric approach (Vim-emulation plugin is also available in plugin repository), full coding assistance, smart and relevant code completion, fast project navigation, intelligent intention actions, and reliable refactorings.
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