Long-time Visual Studio IDE user
March 03, 2020

Long-time Visual Studio IDE user

Clay Horste | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Visual Studio IDE

We use Visual Studio IDE across our entire organization as our primary development platform. Visual Studio has become a great way to develop software for most platforms that we target. The beauty of Visual Studio is the way it handles legacy applications. We have been updating and modernizing a lot of apps recently and combining the ability to work with apps written 10 or more years ago with programmability has made the work much simpler.
  • Full Stack Web Development
  • Legacy app compatibility
  • Working with a team on larger projects
  • Code completion/checking
  • Debugging
  • Can be slow at times
  • Learning curve can be daunting
  • Cost for some versions can be a challenge if you need the features
  • Definitely helps with collaboration
  • A developer can be very productive quickly
  • Leveraging outside libraries can't be easier
While I mentioned that Visual Studio IDE could be slow, it isn't as slow as Eclipse by any stretch. While Eclipse is free, time is money, so take your pick. I once picked up JetBrains as I heard some good stuff about it, but it felt really buggy. It wasn't worth veering away from Visual Studio. VS Code is a wonderful tool. I recommend it as well, but it doesn't replace Visual Studio IDE.
While I haven't contacted tech support directly, the fact that Visual Studio keeps improving is all the support that I need. It certainly has gotten faster over the years. Also, Stack Overflow is littered with the answers that you need. Just use your favorite search engine to look up the problem that you are having and bam, someone out there has run into it and an answer has been provided.

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If you are a full stack developer and like C# or VB.net, then Visual Studio IDE is definitely the way to go. Sure, you could go with VSCode or some other editor and make everything happen in the command line, but Visual Studio IDE makes most things much easier. Personally, I use both. 90% of the time, I am in Visual Studio IDE and then I keep Code open for various lightweight utility tasks that it is perfect for.