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Visual Studio IDE

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Adobe Flex

If your site is purely animations (like some company timeline from the start of the company to the current date), it's well suited for this use case.
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Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio is a great tool for developing applications, either Windows-based or web-based. A company should, however, have at least one senior developer to help out more junior developers if they should get caught up trying to perform a complex task.

We use Visual Studio to develop some very complex automation systems and have it to be quite useful and fully capable of performing the task.
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Pros

  • Highly advanced UI platform, well suited for building enterprise applications.
  • Cross browser issues do not exist as it runs the same on every browser via Flash Player.
  • Animations are something that comes out of the box.
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  • Visual Studio is, of course, good at developing C# applications. With its smart tools to help debug, catch errors, and enforce standards it can be a good tool to use in order to develop applications quickly
  • Visual Studio integrates well with Microsoft related products. If your technology stack is mostly created by Microsoft, this is a good fit
  • When creating applications, there are different templates that are useful for starting a project, particularly their Website MVC model which was helpful for students first learning about Visual Studio and C#
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Cons

  • It's heavy as it needs to load the Flash plugin first before rendering anything to the user.
  • Not future ready as there is no support for mobile and tablet platforms.
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  • Because AngularJS and Angular have taken the development world nearly overnight, it would be great if Microsoft updated Visual Studio to provide better support for debugging Angular and AngularJS code. Years ago, a free third-party plug-in existed called Batarang which helped developers see the contents of Angular object. Unfortunately, as Google moved forward in development this tool was ultimately broken. Visual Studio lacks real support for providing debugging tools for Google's popular front-end framework.
  • Software developers are either C# or Visual Basic developers...though its rare to find a VB person anymore. Unfortunately, the Visual Studio IDE never lets you choose which of the two language to install. As a C# developer it really would be great if I could tell the installation module to not install VB or its project libraries.
  • The code snippet feature in Visual Studio needs upgrading and wizards so it becomes a first class citizen in the IDE. Visual Studio would become so much more useful if I could right-click snippets of code and with a single click tell the IDE to add them to my snippets library. This would kick off a wizard that could help me edit the snippet to make it more reusable. Today if you want to use the Snippet Editor you really have to dig around the web to figure out how to make it work for you.
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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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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

We are replacing adobe flex with Sencha.
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With Visual Studio I just code on the front-end and click the VCR-like play icon in the toolbar to launch the code in a browser. WebStorm doesn't give me any such convenience. With WebStorm I have to launch my code in IIS and use WebStorm to simply edit the files. I also have to debug by setting breakpoints in the browser. With Visual studio, setting breakpoints and launching code is all in one IDE. So I find no real value in WebStorm compared to Visual Studio.
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Return on Investment

  • Our users have a great positive feedback from the UI point of view.
  • The ease of use of the application had doubled our existing user base.
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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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Visual Studio IDE

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Free Trial
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