Visual Studio IDE - the only choice for .Net based frameworks
Filip Witkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 23, 2019

Visual Studio IDE - the only choice for .Net based frameworks

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE is the one main IDE application used to develop who build 90% of our web applications. Our applications are based on .Net ASP MVC 4 and 5, and .Net Core 2.

We use VS IDE to code, test and build these applications. We also use one of the best plugins in VS that is ReSharper. I personally started my experience with Visual Studio with version 2012, then 2015 and now using 2017.
  • Code organization and looking for files, classes, and functions in Solution Explorer is fast and reliable.
  • There is a lot of code coloring options.
  • Has a lot of plugins available.
  • The updates are breaking sometimes VS permissions. I have set VS to run as administrator, but sometimes after an update, I need to go to executable file and set it again.
  • VS 2017 does not work well sometimes with the MVC 4 applications. It is showing (underlining) errors in code viewer where the errors do not exist. The VS team was not able to fix this.
  • There is no good plugin for SASS compilation and Workbench (available only up to version 2015) does not work very well.
  • VS could be faster, especially when building applications.
  • Without Visual Studio IDE we would not have any of our applications (BE code) so it's essential to our business.
  • It's making teamwork faster, especially since everyone uses it, so it isn't a problem when one developer needs to approach another co-worker's PC and check something on their machine.
The only other IDE I've been using in the past is Eclipse. In my opinion VS IDE is more solid software, especially after years of development; but also it's more complicated. Eclipse, as I remember, used to be easier to learn and simpler, but less powerful.
In a few words:
  • Visual Studio IDE - Best for Microsoft based frameworks and technologies.
  • Eclipse - Simple and good to work with Java applications.
Visual Studio IDE is a go-to application whenever you work on .Net based frameworks. I personally don't know any other IDE that would be good with this type of applications. It is very good when you are working on BE code, on controllers, models, sometimes with views. In most cases, simple F12 will point you to property or class definition.

VS IDE is less useful when working with front end code like JavaScript and especially SASS or CSS.