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66 Ratings
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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Atom

My recommendation depends on whether my colleague is already using Atom or not. If they are not using Atom, I sincerely find VSCode to be a slightly better editor with a much brighter future in terms of feature development, upcoming plugins, and support. So they should start with VSCode. However, if they are already using Atom, I see no reason to switch for the time being. Atom was a great editor for a long time, and though feature development has stalled, it continues to perform well. It will meet most people's needs when it comes to editing dynamically typed languages.
Patrick Fong | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio is well suited when you want to build web applications or window applications in C# using the .NET framework. You can build a full-stack application with razor engine frontend, backend in the .NET framework. Easy to connect to databases like SQL and interact with them. A lot of debugging options available to easily find where your code is lacking or throwing issues.It is less appropriate when you want to build software using the latest technology and languages like React, Nodejs, etc. The free community version of it only provides limited testing options.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Atom

  • Atom is highly customizable and allows for various themes and extensions that can make your code easier to read.
  • Atom has many code hinting features that allow users to write faster and integrate with services likeLINT that can clean up your code once your done to meet your internal teams style choices.
  • It's very fast and manages projects well - Accessing other files within a related folder(s) is very easy and intuitive.
  • It's free!
Mark Nowowiejski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

  • Since Microsoft offers a free Community Edition of the IDE many of our new developers have used it at home or school and are very familiar with the user interface, requiring little training to move up to the paid, enterprise-friendly editions we use.
  • The online community support for Visual Studio is outstanding, as solid or better than any other commercial or open-source project software.
  • Microsoft continuously keeps the product up to date and has maintained a history of doing so. They use it internally for their own development so there is little chance it will ever fall out of favor and become unsupported.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Atom

  • Due to some default settings, when I opened the file in Atom and commit it on Git it shows almost every line is changed so my PR is looking too big/ugly.
  • I think omitting the empty spaces should not be the default setting.
  • Performance needs some attention.
Suleman Ahmad | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

  • Certain settings and features can sometimes be challenging to locate. The interface isn't always intuitive.
  • Sometimes there are too many ways to do the same thing. For example, users can quickly add a new workspace in Source Control Explorer when a local path shows as "Not Mapped," but it doesn't indicate that the user might want to check the dropdown list of workspaces. The shortcut of creating a new workspace by clicking on the "Not Mapped" link can lead to developers creating too many workspaces and causing workspace management to become unwieldy. If the shortcut link were removed, the user would be forced to use the Workspace dropdown. While it can add an extra step to the process, workspaces would be managed more easily, and this would enforce consistency. At the very least, there should be a high-level administrative setting to hide the shortcut link.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Atom

Atom 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Well Atom is open source so the re-new is a no brainer. The only way I would stop using Atom is if the developers somehow made it not function well. Or, if the project got forked to a commercial version or something. Or, there could be the case that development stops or that it was not updated on this or that platform
Jason Smith, DPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 10.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Gordon Lo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Atom

Atom 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I give Atom a 9 because it is one of the most modern text editors built with JavaScript intentionally to allow the editor to be changed and modified with custom functionality that a team may need. I think I would otherwise give atom an 8 due to support, but it gets a 9/10 because of the extensibility/plugin capability.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
John P. Maher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Atom

Atom 8.3
Based on 26 answers
I never got to reach out to the support team for an urgent/critical matter, but simple functionality or features that required understanding, or submitting a feature request found after using the product for specific use (specific javascript coding features that could be done through other products)
Samuel Hadid | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE 8.7
Based on 28 answers
Between online forums like StackOverflow, online documentation, MSDN forums, and the customer support options, I find it very easy to get support for Visual Studio IDE when I need it. If desired, one can also download the MSDN documentation about the IDE and have it readily available for any support needs.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Atom

Atom 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Just download and install
Jason Smith, DPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Atom

Compared to coding programs, I've found Brackets to be more robust. Some aspects of Atom I've found to be somewhat cumbersome (JSON customization when GUI should be an option), but ultimately Atom is a better experience. Other programs like Dreamweaver tend to be clunky and promise more than they deliver. While basic text edit programs may "do the trick," there is no reason to search further than Atom.
Walter Aho | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

While Visual Studio Code makes up for some of its shortcomings by being an IDE for just about any language you want to develop in, having a designer for WPF or Windows Forms saves a ton of time. However, Code provides better intellisense for CSS when you use SAAS (SCSS).
We use WebStorm by JetBrains for all of our HTML/CSS/JavaScript/TypeScript work. If it's web, we use WebStorm.
Another product we've been using is Rider by JetBrains. It's also a full fledged IDE for anything .Net Framework. Our developers that prefer to use Linux as their daily desktop use Rider with .Net Core since they are all web developers, this works well. Rider has better web support than Visual Studio and if you set it up the same as WebStorm it offers the same functionality as WebStorm.
Aaron Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Atom

  • There really was no ROI for us using or not using Atom, positive or negative.
  • The only positive thing I can think of is that I got some face time with the software and realized it just was not for me.
Matthew James | TrustRadius Reviewer

Visual Studio IDE

  • Since we're currently using the community edition, there was no expense to implement Visual Studio which meant an instant ROI.
  • Because of the capabilities Visual Studio has to track large projects we've benefited from improved productivity using this IDE. We don't have to use multiple tools to build out a project.
  • I don't consider it a negative, but to use a tool like Visual Studio you have to invest the money in buying hardware that's fast enough to run the IDE. That probably goes without saying.
Aaron Pace | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Atom

General

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

Atom Editions & Modules

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Visual Studio IDE

General

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

Visual Studio IDE Editions & Modules

Edition
Professional$45.001
Enterprise$250.001
  1. Per Month
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