CLion is at par when compared with many established IDEs. With lesser cost in owning this IDE to the ease of use of this IDE it can be very well chosen and opted for the main IDE with in your organization. Its plugin add on capabilities will surely help to integrate other …
For building applications, there are plenty of reasons to use either Visual Studio, or CLion.
Visual Studio is a well regarded all-in-one IDE for development, available offline or online with strong debugging, as well as IntelliSense autocomplete, and refactoring. Because of its freemium delivery model and strength in supporting Windows .NET development (or full stack development) it is an integral part of many developer’s toolboxes. You will use it for something, and you probably won’t mind. Because it is easy to look at with a pleasing and efficiency generating UI (users like the light, love the dark), clear outputs that are easy to understand, and integration with Azure DevOps and Git, or other frequently used version control systems and DevOps tools.
CLion is a strong IDE, but primarily for C and C++ development, though it supports other languages. It is not an all-in-one, rather it is a power tool for C/C++ with an overall high rating for core IDE functionality. It resembles other JetBrains products in its look and functionality, so users of products such as IntelliJ Idea, WebStorm, or PyCharm may find it easy to use, with similar strengths to those products. It supports CMake, and VIM for coding, is easy to grasp with almost no learning curve at all for JetBrains pros, and while there is no free version, its price is regarded as cheap and fair, and it has a free student license to help get student developers get trained up and familiar with JetBrains’ tools.
While both products are complete IDE tools, there are some limitations for each that may dissuade users from choosing Visual Studio or CLion for their particular project.
CLion is not the first choice for development that is not in C/C++. Also, it lacks a built-in compiler and compiler installation is subpar. Furthermore, it only runs on 64 bit systems (not 32 bit systems).
Visual Studio can struggle with speed, sporting a slow startup, sluggish performance during operation, and frustratingly high memory consumption throughout. It is a feature loaded tool, but many features are difficult to locate, difficult to remember where they are or even difficult to understand what they do. While Visual Studio is well supported and regularly updated, users express annoyance at excess shuffling and change in the functionality, location, or operability of seldom used but needed features that can create aggravation.
Both CLion and Visual Studio can be tried, learned, and used for free; Visual Studio is free for all, and CLion is available for free on a student license. Otherwise, CLion is available per user for $199 the first year, $159 the second, and $119 subsequent years. A better option may be to obtain it on the JetBrains All Products Pack, bundled with IntelliJ Idea and other popular IDEs and tools, for $649 first year, $519 second year, and $389 subsequent years. For Microsoft’s Visual Studio, its Professional plan includes extra features and services as well as Azure DevOps/Azure DevOps Server features for $1,199 per year (optionally, $45 monthly), and $799 for renewals.The Visual Studio Enterprise plans includes Azure DevOps features (Test Plans, Artifacts, self-hosted pipelines) for a $250 monthly subscription, or with advanced support for annual subscriptions starting at $5,999 the first year, and $2,569 for renewals.
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Published on September 11, 2020
Most IDEs are huge both in disk and memory which causes it to run slow, where CLion is much smaller and faster. That's what I loved about CLion, compared to its rivals. Not to mention its extensive abilities and functions in the debugging process, thanks to which, we were able …
Visual Studio is the "standard" IDE most people use. It's expensive but generally worth the cost. Where CLion comes into play, people are less concerned with using the Microsoft solution and are open to another party providing them the key IDE resource they need. It's taking a …
I work mostly in C++ so CLion from Jetbrains is a nice alternative...but it just doesn't stack up to Visual Studio. My paid version of VS meets all of my development needs and has done so for more than two decades so I see no reason to look any further. That said, I have looked …
Visual Studio IDE is a much more comprehensive package with a lot of libraries that come out-of-the-package, compared to its rivals/alternatives who have some specialization and niche areas. Due to this nature, it is possible to develop any kind of software, using almost all …
- Visual Studio IDE is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
- CLion and Visual Studio IDE are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability