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  • NetBeans icon


    A free, open-source Integrated Development Environment for software developers. You get all the tools you need to create professional desktop, enterprise, web, and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • It's for MS-Windows, MacOSX and Linux too! You can make projects independent of the OS. Guest • Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Visual Studio Code icon

    Visual Studio Code

    Code combines the streamlined UI of a modern editor with rich code assistance and navigation, and an integrated debugging experience – without the need for a full IDE.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

    • Still powerful tool with so much smaller size. Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Android Studio

    Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. Similar to Eclipse with the ADT Plugin, Android Studio provides integrated Android...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Android studio only edits programs for Android (Java language), while Visual studio has a lot of language support built-in Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Komodo Edit

    Komodo Edit is a fast, smart, free and open-source code editor. Switching your trusty code editor is hard, but give Komodo Edit (or its big brother...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Qt Creator

    Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML integrated development environment which is part of the SDK for the Qt...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • For C++ development, QT Creator is a lot less bloated. It is fast and has all the necessary features. There is just too much unnecessary crap in VisualStudio making it slow as hell when running on a slightly older machine and also takes up gigs of disk space. Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Found everything in Qt Creator for Linux that is in VS for Windows. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • At first, intelligent search ib QtCreator is much better than the Microsoft's IntelliSens. Hot keys combinations are more simple and more intuitive. It looks for me more simple and intuitively clear at all. Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • MonoDevelop icon


    MonoDevelop enables developers to write desktop and web applications on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It also makes it easy to port .NET applications created with Visual...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xamarin Studio

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    • It is specifically for C# like Visual Studio is mostly used for Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    JetBrains WebStorm is a commercial IDE for JavaScript, CSS & HTML built on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA platform. WebStorm provides automatic code completion...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • SharpDevelop icon


    #develop (short for SharpDevelop) is a free IDE for C#, VB.NET and Boo projects on Microsoft's .NET platform. It is open-source, and you can download both sourcecode...

    Open Source Windows .NET Framework

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    • It's very similar to it and size is very low! { Visual Studio - up to 3 GB / sharp Develop - Only Up to 15 MB in size } Guest • Oct 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Xamarin Studio

    Type intelligently World-class code completion unlocks the iOS, Android, and OS X APIs. Quickly look up methods and types, and discover API functionality. Find bugs...

    Freemium Mac Windows Microsoft Visual Studio

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    CodeLite is an open-source, cross platform IDE for the C/C++/PHP and Node.js programming languages. CodeLite is known to work on various OSs including: Windows XP...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux wxWidgets

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    • For me and my enterprise is the best alternative, intellisense very good, dynamic library linkage is very similar to VS, automatically creates a makefile. Very good class wizards! Debug and subversion / GIT and SFTP inegrated in the environment. rgk_rgk_01rgkSep 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Excellent development environment, continuously updated, clear vision, active support. Guest • Nov 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Bloodshed Dev-C++ icon

    Bloodshed Dev-C++

    Bloodshed Dev-C++ is a full-featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the C/C++ programming language. It uses Mingw port of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) as...

    Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued No longer developed. Last version, 5 Beta 9.2 (, released on February 21th 2005, is still downloadable, but a maintained version of Dev-C++ with updated code is
    • It is one of the best C/C++ IDEs out there, I've been using it for 2 years now and it has yet to dissapoint me. Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Orwell Dev-C++

    Orwell Dev-C++ is a Portable (IDE) Integrated Development Environment and Compiler for the C++ programming language. It's a maintained version of Dev-C++ which...

    Open Source Windows

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    • Very small in size. Unlike the 7GB for Visual Studio, also very compact and maintained by users of the community. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree

Microsoft Visual Studio Comments

Best IDE I've tried

Positive Comment by ioanafotea
about Microsoft Visual Studio Jan 2015

I have been using Visual Studio for 4 years and it hasn't let me down not even once. Most reliable, easy to use and powerful IDE I've ever tried.


Essential for the Windows environment

Positive Comment by loucypher
about Microsoft Visual Studio Oct 2014

Various releases (from version 6, up to now) can have more or less features, reflected on more or less responsiveness. What's important is that if you're developing Windows base applications, well, you can't do without it.
Besides the good developing environment (editor, projects, etc.) what's superlative is its debugging system. If you're working on more that a hello-world application, that can score (and save your day).



Comment by rindeal
about Microsoft Visual Studio and GNU Compiler Collection Jan 2014

Maybe a powerful IDE, but it's too bloated without an option to opt out of the bloat, and obviously it doesn't support GCC and thus you're stuck with MSVC, which means C89 and only a small subset of the features of C++11.


I wish it didn't install so much extra unnecessary crap. Th ...

Comment by evan
about Microsoft Visual Studio Jun 2011

I wish it didn't install so much extra unnecessary crap. This app definitely suffers from a serious bloat issue. Other than that, it's great to work with.


It keeps bugging you just like the paid version, read my co ...

Comment by icarus1633
about Microsoft Visual Studio Jun 2011

It keeps bugging you just like the paid version, read my comment on MSvs and you'll know what i'm talking about.


It is a good one, but still has microsoft damned policies, ...

Comment by icarus1633
about Microsoft Visual Studio Jun 2011

It is a good one, but still has microsoft damned policies, you pay for it but it has not php mysql support, so you have to pay for a third party extension. it has a buddy debugger that really bugs you, yeah thats right, even when you uninstall it it still keeps bugging you. I don't know what it wants from your life but there it is until you change your windows, thats what i ended up with it, i search too many blogs and forums but there was no solutions to solve my buggy thingy.