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Alternatives to Visual Studio

IntelliJ IDEA, Visual Studio Code, Eclipse, Atom, and CLion are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Visual Studio.
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What is Visual Studio and what are its top alternatives?

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.

Top Alternatives to Visual Studio

  • IntelliJ IDEA

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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. ...

  • Visual Basic

    Visual Basic

    Visual Basic is derived from BASIC and enables the rapid application development (RAD) of graphical user interface (GUI) applications, access to databases using Data Access Objects, Remote Data Objects, or ActiveX Data Objects, and creation of ActiveX controls and objects. ...

  • PyCharm

    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! ...

  • Xcode

    Xcode

    The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. ...

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IntelliJ IDEA

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PROS OF INTELLIJ IDEA
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    Fantastically intelligent
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    Best-in-class ide
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    Many languages support
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    Java
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    Fast
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    Code analysis
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    Reliable
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    Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
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    Plugin architecture
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    Integrated version control
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    Code refactoring support
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    Best java IDE
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    Local history
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    Code Completion
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    Built-in terminal/run tools
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    Integrated Database Navigator
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    Free If you're a Student
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    Kotlin
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    All
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    Free for open-source development, students and teacher
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    Base for Android Studio
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    Database/Code integration
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    Cross platform
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    IDE
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    ERD Diagrams
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    Live Templates
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    Free
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    Server and client-side debugger
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    More than enough languages for any developer
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    Typescript support
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    Multicursor support
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    Reformating Code
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    Intuitive
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    Command-line tools
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    Android Integration
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    Out Of The Box features
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    Vim support
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    Special icons for most filetypes in project list
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    Supports many frameworks
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    Built-in web server
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    Scala support
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    Full support
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    Task managers
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    Diff tools
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    File Watchers
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    Support for various package managers
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    Integrated Code Linting
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    Its fake intellisense is better than real IntelliSense
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    Clean UI
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    Open source
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    Column Selection Mode
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    So modernised
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    Efficient, one Stop solution
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    Integrated Ssh/Ftp Managers
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    Just works
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    A lot of plugin
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    Works fine with mac os catalina
CONS OF INTELLIJ IDEA
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    Large footprint required to really enjoy (mem/disc)
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    Very slow
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    Bad for beginners
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    UI is not intuitive
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    Not nearly as many tools to integrate as vs code
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    Constant reindexing
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    Needs a lot of CPU and RAM power
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    Built in terminal is slow
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    Doesn't work that well with windows 10 edu
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    Ruby is a plug in
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    Pesky warnings increase with every release
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    AAD

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christy craemer

UPDATE: Thanks for the great response. I am going to start with VSCode based on the open source and free version that will allow me to grow into other languages, but not cost me a license ..yet.

I have been working with software development for 12 years, but I am just beginning my journey to learn to code. I am starting with Python following the suggestion of some of my coworkers. They are split between Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA for IDEs that they use and PyCharm is new to me. Which IDE would you suggest for a beginner that will allow expansion to Java, JavaScript, and eventually AngularJS and possibly mobile applications?

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Andrey Kurdyumov

I use Visual Studio because it provides me best default configuration for development. Less choice helps me concentrate on the product. In a sense it is iPhone of software development for me. When my laptop broke, I just download latest version of VS and start coding without any configuration. For sure it has best editor in terms of perceived responsiveness. Could not say the same for IntelliJ IDEA unfortunately.

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Visual Studio Code

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PROS OF VISUAL STUDIO CODE
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    Powerful multilanguage IDE
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    Fast
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    Front-end develop out of the box
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    Support TypeScript IntelliSense
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    Very basic but free
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    Git integration
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    Intellisense
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    Faster than Atom
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    Better ui, easy plugins, and nice git integration
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    Great Refactoring Tools
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    Good Plugins
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    Terminal
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    Superb markdown support
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    Open Source
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    Extensions
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    Large & up-to-date extension community
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    Awesome UI
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    Powerful and fast
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    Portable
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    Best code editor
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    Best editor
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    Easy to get started with
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    Built on Electron
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    Crossplatform
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    Good for begginers
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    Open, cross-platform, fast, monthly updates
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    Lots of extensions
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    All Languages Support
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    Extensions for everything
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    Ui design is great
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    Easy to use and learn
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    Faster edit for slow computer
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    Totally customizable
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    Useful for begginer
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    Extensible
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    Git out of the box
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    "fast, stable & easy to use"
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    It has terminal and there are lots of shortcuts in it
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    Great language support
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    Great community
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    Works With Almost EveryThing You Need
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    SSH support
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    Powerful Debugger
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    Fast Startup
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    Can compile and run .py files
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    Python extension is fast
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    Features rich
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    Great document formater
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    Awesome multi cursor support
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    He is not Michael
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    She is not Rachel
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    VSCode.pro Course makes it easy to learn
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    Extension Echosystem
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    Easy azure
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    Language server client
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    SFTP Workspace
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    Very proffesional
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    Has better support and more extentions for debugging
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    Excellent as git difftool and mergetool
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    Emmet preinstalled
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    Supports lots of operating systems
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    Has more than enough languages for any developer
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    Virtualenv integration
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    'batteries included'
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    More tools to integrate with vs
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    Light
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    VS Code Server: Browser version of VS Code
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    Fast and ruby is built right in
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    Better autocompletes than Atom
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    CMake support with autocomplete
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    Big extension marketplace
CONS OF VISUAL STUDIO CODE
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    Slow startup
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    Resource hog at times
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    Poor refactoring
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    Poor UI Designer
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    Weak Ui design tools
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    Poor autocomplete
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    Microsoft
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    Poor in PHP
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    Poor at Python
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    Super Slow
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    Poor intellisense. poor java
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    No built in live Preview
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    Microsoft sends telemetry data
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    No Built in Browser Preview
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    Dilshad
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    No color Intergrator
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    Poor in Python
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    Very basic for java development and buggy at times
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    Huge cpu usage with few installed extension
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    Bad Plugin Architecture
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    Terminal does not identify path vars sometimes
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    Electron

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Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 28 upvotes · 3.3M views

Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

  • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
  • Respectively Git as revision control system
  • SourceTree as Git GUI
  • Visual Studio Code as IDE
  • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
  • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
  • SonarQube as quality gate
  • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
  • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
  • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
  • Heroku for deploying in test environments
  • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
  • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
  • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
  • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
  • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

  • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
  • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
  • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
  • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
  • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
  • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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Johnny Bell

I've been in the #frontend game for about 7 years now. I started coding in Sublime Text because all of the tutorials I was doing back then everyone was using it. I found the speed amazing compared to some other tools at the time. I kept using Sublime Text for about 4-5 years.

I find Sublime Text lacks some functionality, after all it is just a text editor rather than a full fledged IDE. I finally converted over to PhpStorm as I was working with Magento and Magento as you know is mainly #PHP based.

This was amazing all the features in PhpStorm I loved, the debugging features, and the control click feature when you click on a dependency or linked file it will take you to that file. It was great.

PhpStorm is kind of slow, I found that Prettier was taking a long time to format my code, and it just was lagging a lot so I was looking for alternatives. After watching some more tutorial videos I noticed that everyone was using Visual Studio Code. So I gave it a go, and its amazing.

It has support for everything I need with the plugins and the integration with Git is amazing. The speed of this IDE is blazing fast, and I wouldn't go back to using PhpStorm anymore. I highly recommend giving Visual Studio Code a try!

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Eclipse

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PROS OF ECLIPSE
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    Does it all
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    Integrates with most of tools
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    Easy to use
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    Java IDE
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    Best Java IDE
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    Open source
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    Hard for newbews
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    Great code suggestions
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    Lightweight
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    Great gdb integration
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    Extensible
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    Good Git client allowing direct stage area edit
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    Professional
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    True open source with huge contribution
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    Works with php
CONS OF ECLIPSE
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    2000 Design
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    Bad performance
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    Hard to use

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UPDATE: Thanks for the great response. I am going to start with VSCode based on the open source and free version that will allow me to grow into other languages, but not cost me a license ..yet.

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Dean Stringer

Have been a Visual Studio Code user since just after launch to the general public, having used the likes of Eclipse and Atom previously. Was amazed how mature it seemed off the bat and was super intrigued by the bootstrapped nature of it having been written/based on Electron/TypeScript, and of course being an open-source app from Microsoft. The features, plugin ecosystem and release frequency are very impressive. I do dev work on both Mac and Windows and don't use anything else now as far as IDEs go.

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PROS OF ATOM
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    Free
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    Open source
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    Modular design
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    Hackable
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    Beautiful UI
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    Github integration
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    Backed by github
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    Built with node.js
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    Web native
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    Community
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    Packages
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    Cross platform
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    Multicursor support
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    Nice UI
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    TypeScript editor
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    cli start
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    Simple but powerful
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    Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
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    Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
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    Snippets
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    Awesome
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    Code readability
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    Smart TypeScript code completion
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    It's powerful
  • 2
    Well documented
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    "Free", "Hackable", "Open Source", The Awesomness
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    works with GitLab
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    full support
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    vim support
  • 1
    Split-Tab Layout
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    Consistent UI on all platforms
  • 1
    User friendly
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    Hackable and Open Source
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    Made by github. YAY
CONS OF ATOM
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    Slow with large files
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    Heavy and slow
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    Slow startup
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    Most of the time packages are hard to find.
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    Can be easily Modified

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Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 13 upvotes · 421.2K views

I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

  • your fingers literally don’t ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
  • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
  • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won’t need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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Julian Sanchez
Lead Developer at Chore Champion · | 9 upvotes · 340.4K views

We use Visual Studio Code because it allows us to easily and quickly integrate with Git, much like Sublime Merge ,but it is integrated into the IDE. Another cool part about VS Code is the ability collaborate with each other with Visual Studio Live Share which allows our whole team to get more done together. It brings the convenience of the Google Suite to programming, offering something that works more smoothly than anything found on Atom or Sublime Text

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CLion

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PROS OF CLION
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    Good editor
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    Easy setup
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    Already one of the best C/C++ IDEs, even before launch
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    Powerful refactoring, extremely smart IDE
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    Cross-platform build
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    Clean, Sleek User Interface
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    Much faster and smarter than Intellisense
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    Vertically/Horizontally split windows
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    Great navigation, error messages and auto completion
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    Vim plugin
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    Not a 20gb installation
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    It is best IDE
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    Like this one because of - not a 20GB installation
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    Free Flowing C++ IDE
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    IDE supports Python with all features of PyCharm CE
CONS OF CLION
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    No good support for Makefiles
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    Not free, unless you are a student

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Visual Basic

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Modern, high-level, multi-paradigm, general-purpose programming language for building apps using Visual Studio and the .NET Framework
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PROS OF VISUAL BASIC
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    ALGOL-like syntax makes code more readable
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    XML Literals
CONS OF VISUAL BASIC
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PyCharm

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PROS OF PYCHARM
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    Intelligent code analysis
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    Powerful refactoring
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    Virtualenv integration
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    Git integration
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    Support for Django
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    Multi-database integration
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    VIM integration
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    Vagrant integration
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    In-tool Bash and Python shell
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    Docker
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    Plugin architecture
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    Perforce integration
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    Debug mode support docker
CONS OF PYCHARM
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    Slow startup
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    Not very flexible
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    Resource hog
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    Periodic slow menu response

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christy craemer

UPDATE: Thanks for the great response. I am going to start with VSCode based on the open source and free version that will allow me to grow into other languages, but not cost me a license ..yet.

I have been working with software development for 12 years, but I am just beginning my journey to learn to code. I am starting with Python following the suggestion of some of my coworkers. They are split between Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA for IDEs that they use and PyCharm is new to me. Which IDE would you suggest for a beginner that will allow expansion to Java, JavaScript, and eventually AngularJS and possibly mobile applications?

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I am a QA heading to a new company where they all generally use Visual Studio Code, my experience is with IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm. The language they use is JavaScript and so I will be writing my test framework in javaScript so the devs can more easily write tests without context switching.

My 2 questions: Does VS Code have Cucumber Plugins allowing me to write behave tests? And more importantly, does VS Code have the same refactoring tools that IntelliJ IDEA has? I love that I have easy access to a range of tools that allow me to refactor and simplify my code, making code writing really easy.

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Xcode

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    IOS Development
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    Personal assistant on steroids
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    Easy setup
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    Excellent integration with Clang
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    Beautiful
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    Built-in everything
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    Con
CONS OF XCODE
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    Massively bloated and complicated for smaller projects
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    Horrible auto completiting and text editing
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    Very slow emulator

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Julien DeFrance
Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 8 upvotes · 329.9K views

As a Engineering Manager & Director at SmartZip, I had a mix of front-end, back-end, #mobile engineers reporting to me.

Sprints after sprints, I noticed some inefficiencies on the MobileDev side. People working multiple sprints in a row on their Xcode / Objective-C codebase while some others were working on Android Studio. After which, QA & Product ensured both applications were in sync, on a UI/UX standpoint, creating addional work, which also happened to be extremely costly.

Our resources being so limited, my role was to stop this bleeding and keep my team productive and their time, valuable.

After some analysis, discussions, proof of concepts... etc. We decided to move to a single codebase using React Native so our velocity would increase.

After some initial investment, our initial assumptions were confirmed and we indeed started to ship features a lot faster than ever before. Also, our engineers found a way to perform this upgrade incrementally, so the initial platform-specific codebase wouldn't have to entirely be rewritten at once but only gradually and at will.

Feedback around React Native was very positive. And I doubt - for the kind of application we had - no one would want to go back to two or more code bases. Our application was still as Native as it gets. And no feature or device capability was compromised.

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Sezgi Ulucam
Developer Advocate at Hasura · | 7 upvotes · 666.8K views

I've recently switched to using Expo for initializing and developing my React Native apps. Compared to React Native CLI, it's so much easier to get set up and going. Setting up and maintaining Android Studio, Android SDK, and virtual devices used to be such a headache. Thanks to Expo, I can now test my apps directly on my Android phone, just by installing the Expo app. I still use Xcode Simulator for iOS testing, since I don't have an iPhone, but that's easy anyway. The big win for me with Expo is ease of Android testing.

The Expo SDK also provides convenient features like Facebook login, MapView, push notifications, and many others. https://docs.expo.io/versions/v31.0.0/sdk/

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