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Allen Miller

Why would anyone choose VS Code (the limited development environment) when you have Visual Studio 2019 (a very powerful development environment)
It is like having the option to choose between basic car with almost no internals vs the latest Mercedes SUV fully loaded, and choose the basic car? I never understood that.

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Peter

That is not a super fair comparison. VS Code is completely free, no paid version for Professional or Enterprise use.

Its like one is a Toyota, but its free, and the other is a Mercedes but you gotta pay for it, lots of people would opt for the free version that does 80% of the paid.

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Allen Miller

If it is just the free part then it is ok, but I see it used more by people in large companies because it is “better”, and I see people spend days configuring, reconfiguring, adding extensions, etc, for stuff that is already there in VS 2019

And all that time is paid time, 70$ to 100$ an hour per person (internal cost), put a week for configurations per project, and this is around 20,000$ or more lost for a team of 7 people, 4 of them developers.

Sometimes the full thing cost is cheaper than the salary / time spent

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scroung720

I have a C++/C# programming background I have experience in Visual Studio. In my opinion, Visual Studio is an overkill option for web development, it is unnecessary heavy for download, then you open the program and you start to see a lot of options that in my opinion doesn't make sense like debugging tools, debugging!? what JS or node JS? Which browser ? Which framework?

The difference is that web development is evolving very fast, all years we have new tools and I don't want to depend on Microsoft to integrate these new innovations. I prefer to trust the community that's why web developers tweak our IDEs/Editors. All this for free.

About the waster of time doing configurations. You can save your configuration once and share it among multiple users.

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Zizaco

Bloated !== Better

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Allen Miller

So, installing a small editor VScode, then installing 10 to 50 extensions with thousands of files, then running projects with node_modules with tens of thousands of repeatable files is called “light” and VS 2019 which also have tons of files is called “bloated”? excellent logic!

VS Code starts faster, VS 2019 starts slower that is correct, but bloated? It should apply to both of them :-)

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Zizaco

Installing 10 to 50 extensions at least give you the option to hand-pick what you actually is going to use (and even disable what doesn't serve you). Visual Studio is like having 100 extensions "installed" and enabled out-of-the box.

vscode can become bloated, that's true.
Visual Studio is bloated.

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Allen Miller

Maybe I am just reaching 50’s and getting older and stuck with what I know :-) but your replay is helping me understand how the market thinks today.

Performance is important, the more performant an app is the lighter it appears, if you look at the website we are using right now dev.to/ I did inspect element and I can see the site is loading and preparing the articles while you are scrolling, regardless if you will read them or now, this makes it feel extremely light and responsive, but in reality it is loading more content (small content) but still.

I am getting now why people describe VS 2019 as bloated, it is not written in a way to appear more performant, that is true, I suffered with that a lot, but now stopped noticing it due to this: