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Adobe Flex

14 Ratings

Adobe Flex

14 Ratings
Score 6.4 out of 101

Visual Studio IDE

309 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

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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 well suited for: Developing console, system, mobile, or web applications using a cross-section of popular languages, with a special emphasis on C#. Managing resources in Azure or SQL Server databases. Automated, performance, and unit testing code. Code analytics (cyclomatic complexity, etc). Visual Studio is not as good at Proprietary programming languages with poor third-party support (EG, can't make a Swift app - you can make a Xamarin app on iOS). While one can use Visual Studio to write AI-integrated apps, actual data science applications wouldn't use Visual Studio (EG, not known for writing R applications).
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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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  • Great integration of tools to support the entire software development process.
  • Support for multiple languages like C#, Javascript and Typescript.
  • Very customizable and lightweight installation requirements.
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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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  • Feeling unnatural installation in a non-Windows environment.
  • Intellisense could be better, it works pretty good with Resharper.
  • Command line for .Net framework projects is poor.
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Visual Studio IDE9.9
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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 Visual Studio, we'd be juggling a multitude of third-party IDEs and tools. The convenience of having all the tools we need wrapped up in a single IDE makes for an efficient development environment.
  • If you're a Microsoft development shop, and your back-end is SQL Server, Visual Studio lets you install a free package called SQL Server Development Tools. This Microsoft add-in gives you the ability to walk-through debugging stored procedures. The process could certainly be better documented or made seamless, but debugging stored procedures can take a lot of time and using the add-ins such as this one can save your team time and frustration.
  • The only negative point with Visual Studio is that we need administrative rights to change our installation of features. At our firm admin rights are removed from our machines so whenever wee need to upgrade or change Visual Studio we always have to contact our support staff to temporary elevate our rights to add or remove features in Visual Studio.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Flex

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Visual Studio IDE

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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