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Visual Studio IDE

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Adobe Flash

Flash is only suited for cases where a client needs to update a Flash animation and doesn't want to part ways with their Flash sites. In most cases, it's just used for a temporary band-aid until a website update is done. Other than that, we really steer our clients in the direction of HTML5. It's here to stay.
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Visual Studio IDE

Visual studio is well suited for any programming language in the .net ecosystem. It is also fantastic for larger scale application development due to great integrations with team foundation server or various other repository/version control integrations that are available.I would not recommend Visual studio if you are only doing small programs as the setup and load times can be "rapid prototyping" prohibitive, but that may also say a lot about your language choice for your activities.
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Pros

  • Presents the website quickly
  • Allows me to interact with older interfaces
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  • Visual studio has a lot of features included that you would expect to need external extensions for, like code snippets for quick completion of common programming syntax like constructors and properties (and many many more).
  • Visual Studio also has a vibrant community developing extensions for it that extend it well beyond its base functionality.
  • The debugging interface and your ability to interact with your code during debugged execution are fantastically helpful. I love being able to step back to a previous execution point and change data.
  • The ability to quickly and easily compile desktop apps.
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Cons

  • Drawing tools!! The lines in the brush just look pretty ugly. It would be nice if there was a way to choose between optimizing Flash for online export and to use for video pieces.
  • Program can be unstable and can slow down if you aren't mindful of how you are using it.
  • Many glitches in the program are still present ever since I first started using it nearly 10 years ago.
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  • We've had trouble with the Microsoft team services with Git on multiple occasions. Sometimes logging in to a Microsoft account using their Visual Studio IDE can be a problem. And to fix the issue is not intuitive sometimes.
  • Developing a project such as SQL Server Database Project or SQL Server Analysis Services can be weird sometimes. Files can change without you noticing and can be difficult to fix.
  • Especially for the REST projects, the .edmx files can be hard to use. Refreshing the DB to reflect whats in the DB is very inconsistent. I rarely use this feature and often just delete tables in the DB then just re-add them.
  • Workarounds just exist throughout much of Visual Studio sometimes, but there are enough resources out there to figure out what's wrong.
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Visual Studio IDE10.0
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VS is the best and is required for building Microsoft applications. The quality and usefulness of the product far out-weight the licensing costs associated with it.
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Visual Studio IDE9.0
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The thing I like the most is Visual Studio doesn't suffer from Microsoft's over eager marketing department who feel they need to redesign the UI (think Office and windows) which forces users to loose large amounts of productivity having to learn software that they had previously known.
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Support

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Visual Studio IDE5.0
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The support consists of a forum. The problem with the forum is the categories are poorly designed and only reflect a subset of reality. So often you need to put a specific question in a general section. What makes this bad is your question gets reviewed by only the people who feel like it (it seems). If someone with knowledge of your issue sees your question you are in luck. If not, time to look elsewhere.
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Alternatives Considered

ToonBoom Harmony has a lot of the compositing stuff from AfterEffects built in and it has much stronger rigging tools than Flash. It's great because it lets you do a mix between both puppeted and animation that is tweaked by hand. However documentation on how to use the program is extremely limited. Photoshop solves a lot of the issues I have with Flash's drawing tools but the actual timeline controls are pretty weak.
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Eclipse: I did not have a good experience with Eclipse when I started to code in Python. I chose Eclipse because that's what the person doing my Python training was using and I used it to follow along better. I found it difficult to figure out how to get my environment setup and there wasn't much help with errors and intellisense. Maybe I got spoiled with Visual Studio, but that was my experience with it.PyCharm: I have found PyCharm to be great! I don't have anything bad to say about it. It's been straightforward to setup and answers are easily found out in the community when I run into problems. I like using it with Python, but I would probably still want to go back to Visual Studio if I was coding in C# again.
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Return on Investment

  • It's good, mostly just use it because it's included in the Adobe Creative Suite but generally not the reason for buying the program. AfterEffects and Photoshop are the main contenders.
  • It was very useful when I first graduated from college in the early 2010s, now most studios moved on to Harmony.
  • Got my first job from Flash, so I am thankful for it.
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  • Without VS the product would not be able to be developed in a cross-platform way, and would require many more senior engineers to maintain and enhance.
  • VS allowed large portions of the codebase to be refactored in a relatively short amount of time.
  • VS's built-in test runner made TDD easy, leading to an overall higher-quality product.
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Adobe Flash

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Visual Studio IDE

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Free Trial
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