Visual Studio Express Alternatives

    Visual Studio Express is described as 'Microsoft Visual Studio Express is a set of integrated development environments developed by Microsoft as a freeware and registerware function-limited version of the non-free Microsoft Visual Studio. Express editions started with Visual Studio 2005' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Visual Studio Express for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and .NET Framework. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like Visual Studio Express are Atom (Free, Open Source), VSCodium (Free, Open Source), Apache NetBeans (Free, Open Source) and Qt Creator (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 10, 2020

    1. VS Code is more than just a code editor, it provides the tools and extensions to compile, debug, compare, refactor, and even manage code repositories all within a highly-customised development environment.
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    2. Atom is an open-source, Electron based text editor with a massive ecosystem of plugins and themes that are easily accessible through a built-in package manager. Being built with Electron, it uses web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Node.
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    3. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's VSCode.
    4. Development Environment, Tooling Platform and Application Framework.
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    5. Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML integrated development environment which is part of the SDK for the Qt Framework.


    6. 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 Studio to Linux and Mac OS X maintaining a single code base for all platforms.
    7. #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 and executables.

      Discontinued

      Unfortunately SharpDevelop has been discontinued. It is still a viable alternative for VS for versions until 2016, but it doesn't support C# 7.0 as VS 2017 does. See details: http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/WhatsNew.aspx

    8. Code smarter and faster with Komodo IDE, the cross-platform professional development environment for dynamic languages and open technologies.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
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      Cross platform development tools for native iOS, Android, desktop and server applications. B4X is a Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool for real world apps. The programming language is a modern version of Visual Basic.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      React Studio lets you create components either visually or in code, then use them interchangeably in your designs. Customize your components with advanced property UIs and dynamic previews in the editing canvas.
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