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Score 9.2 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Code is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
  • Notepad++ is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.3

Microsoft Visual Studio Code

93%
87 Ratings
9.5

Notepad++

95%
56 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.4

Microsoft Visual Studio Code

94%
2 Ratings

Notepad++

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Microsoft Visual Studio Code

100%
5 Ratings
8.0

Notepad++

80%
1 Rating

Support Rating

9.5

Microsoft Visual Studio Code

95%
46 Ratings
8.2

Notepad++

82%
29 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft

Microsoft Visual Studio Code is highly recommended for the development of systems and / or complex applications entrusted to work teams under a specific methodology, and its use is also recommended for the maintenance of previously developed applications.
It is not recommended as a learning environment for developers with little experience as the learning curve would be too high
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Open Source

Notepad++ is a great lightweight text editor and is an immediate install to replace the default Windows Notepad for me. It is suitable for quickly opening and editing single text files and for jotting down quick notes that may be temporary. It is great for quick edits on copy & pasting pages of text. I would use it to update paths using vertical selection or through regex search & replace. It is not a full IDE for any kind of code editing but it is very fast to open single code files, xml or json and is my preferred way to look at contents in these files rather than opening in a code editor.
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Pros

Microsoft

  • Very accessible -- it's compatible with all platforms and environments, free to install, and fast to open
  • Strong native support for many languages, and very strong extensibility to provide advanced language features
  • Git integration is top-notch, often displaying a better history, diff, and merge interface that is otherwise available in version control systems
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Open Source

  • Robust and full of features such as programming language specific settings
  • Like being able to create new tabs, so I can easily go back to a prior project
  • For a computer savvy person, its simple to use...simple menus, robust search features
  • The ability to build and test macros, is more of a universal programming environment than a text editor
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Cons

Microsoft

  • Lack of button bar like ones found in Visual Studio.
  • Lack of integrated help that could link to YouTube, Channel 9, or other Microsoft videos on how to learn about features.
  • Integration with Team Foundation Server.
  • Would like to see it having some sort of integration into a Web API testing harness.
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Open Source

  • Stability - It can be buggy and when it crashes it can often be only remedied by reinstalling it. I've had to do that a number of times.
  • Add-In Quality - It appears that some add-ins aren't up to snuff as the other add-ins are. They too can cause Notepad++ to crash.
  • Appearance - It just appears outdated, not really a big deal.
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Pricing Details

Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Starting Price

$45 Per User Per Month

Editions & Modules

Microsoft Visual Studio Code editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Enterprise$250.001
Professional$45.002

Footnotes

  1. Per User Per Month
  2. Per User Per Month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Notepad++

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Notepad++ editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Microsoft

    Solid tool that provides everything you need to develop most types of applications. The only reason not a 10 is that if you are doing large distributed teams on Enterprise level, Professional does provide more tools to support that and would be worth the cost.
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    Open Source

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    Usability

    Microsoft

    This is a tool for programmers and it works like many others. If you are in the development world already then you will be sailing in no time with Microsoft Visual Studio Code. It is also great for new developers and it is very easy to use and you can get all the tools you need in one place as you begin to learn.
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    Open Source

    Many of the features are not out of the box. We have install them separately
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    Support Rating

    Microsoft

    Active development means filing a bug on the GitHub repo typically gets you a response within 4 days. There are plugins for almost everything you need, whether it be linting, Vim emulation, even language servers (which I use to code in Scala). There is well-maintained official documentation. The only thing missing is forums. The closest thing is GitHub issues, which typically has the answers but is hard to sift through -- there are currently 78k issues.
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    Open Source

    I haven't needed to utilize any support related to Notepad++. I guess this is a good thing because I found it to be quite intuitive. There are almost infinite features you can tweak and plugins you can download but I haven't had to do that because Notepad++ is really good right out of the box.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Microsoft

    [Microsoft] Visual Studio Code beats the competition due to its extensibility. Their robust extensions architecture combined with the plethora of mostly free extensions written by the community can't be beaten. The fact that this tool itself is provided by a world-recognized company, Microsoft, free of charge is phenomenal. The goodwill garnered by them is immeasurable. Other tools I've used were missing features or were just too rigid, too complicated, or too unsophisticated for my liking. The fact that VS Code is easy to mold to my will with the right extensions seals the deal.
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    Open Source

    You can't compete with free software, especially when that free software doesn't come with unnecessary bloatware and is packed with powerful tools. The closest software that I have used that comes close to Notepad++ has a simple SQL code editing tool built into it, but the software is expensive and only really works for SQL. I'm surprised that they haven't started charging for Notepad++ yet.
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    Return on Investment

    Microsoft

    • Positive impact on minimizing time wasted by employees with software installation and setup
    • Positive impact on reducing spend on software licensing
    • Positive impact on minimizing time used to manage different applications for different purposes - this performs all of the functions we need in basic coding
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    Open Source

    • Notepad++ has saved me time for quick coding jobs where I don't need to fire up a full-featured code editor.
    • It saves me a lot of hassle by automating the formatting and sorting of text in a variety of use cases, especially for creating or editing mock data for projects.
    • It is a free product (although you can donate to support its development) and has been a great tool for me to rely on over the years.
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