eclipse vs visual studio
May 19, 2020

Eclipse vs. Visual Studio

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Eclipse vs. Visual Studio — which IDE should you choose? The answer depends on your intended use.

Both solutions have their advantages and disadvantages but you should pick the one that fits the job best. Think of a builder’s toolbox. You can pick the right tool for the job, by selecting the tool that helps get the job done in the most efficient manner possible.

First, let's look at each tool and some high level comparisons.

Visual Studio from Microsoft

Visual Studio is a very mature development IDE that has been around for a long time and has everything you could need and more. Visual Studio supports a wide array of languages like Visual Basic, C#, F#, C++, Python, Java, JavaScript/TypeScript, and more.

The types of projects that Visual Studio supports and the templates available make it very attractive as an IDE for teams big and small. Visual Studio provides various editions, depending on your needs and budget, so small teams can get access to the free community edition.

The Visual Studio 2019 editions comparison is available here with a breakdown of the differences for each edition. For testers, you really must look at the enterprise edition to get access to some of the testing-specific features.

High-Level Features of Visual Studio

Develop — Navigate, write, and fix your code fast.Debug — Debug, profile, and diagnose with ease.Test — Write high-quality code with comprehensive testing tools.
Collaborate — Use version control tools like Perforce, Git. Be Agile and collaborate efficiently.Extend — Choose from thousands of extensions to customize your IDE.Support — Enterprise support as well as a large community.
Windows — Develop apps and games for any Windows device.Mobile Apps — Create native or hybrid apps for Android, iOS, and Windows.Azure Apps — Build, manage, and deploy cloud scale apps to Azure.
Web Apps — Develop modern web apps and progressive web applications (PWA).Office — Utilize powerful tools for Office development.Games — Design, code, and debug games with cutting edge graphics.
Extensions — Write your own Visual Studio extensions.Database — Develop and deploy SQL Server and Azure SQL databases. 

Eclipse from the Eclipse Foundation

The Eclipse IDE is famous for its Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE) but it has evolved to include C/C++, JavaScript/TypeScript, PHP, and more. Eclipse is open source and therefore teams and individuals can get access to this IDE at no charge.

Eclipse also provides packages specific to your intended use case. For example, Eclipse IDE for testers supports software development quality assurance processes, such as Jubula and Mylyn.

For enterprise teams looking for features that can help improve productivity, there is an option. MyEclipse provides enhanced capabilities found in Visual Studio Enterprise. These include database design and persistence capabilities as well as many more.

High-Level Features of the Eclipse IDE

Develop — Navigate, write, and fix your code fast with Java focused enhancements.Debug — Debug and profile with enhanced debugging at runtime using JRebel.Test — Comprehensive testing tools support like TestNG, BDD, and others.
Collaborate — Use version control tools like Perforce, Git. Extend — Customize Eclipse using the Marketplace plug-ins.Support — Large community support available.
Web Apps – Develop modern web apps and progressive web applications (PWA).Mobile Apps — Create native or hybrid apps for Android, iOS, and Windows.Cloud Apps – Build, manage, and deploy cloud scale apps.

What About VS Code and Eclipse Theia?

VS Code maybe the most popular code editor at the moment if you look at recent surveys. The Eclipse foundation also started a project as an open source alternative called Theia. Both of these editors are free and the VS Code source code is available under the MIT license.

So, both Microsoft and Eclipse provide a code editor. At this point VS Code is winning the battle by a long way. This certainly helps the Visual Studio IDE users in the long run as we see the usability enhancements make their way into the Visual Studio IDE.

Which One Should I Use?

The answer depends on the type of projects you work on, personal preference, and more importantly which IDE will help you get the job done faster. Ultimately, that is up to the individual user.

So although I have my favorite IDE that I prefer to use, the choice is yours. You have solid, mature, and well supported options to choose from.

The good news is that if you are focusing on test creation and test execution for your projects, both Visual Studio and Eclipse are well supported. And, both work well with cloud-based solutions like Perfecto.

Try Visual Studio or Eclipse With Perfecto

Try pairing either Visual Studio or Eclipse with Perfecto. Perfecto makes it easy to debug your web and mobile apps.

Simply connect to a device in the cloud like you’re connecting via USB and debug apps straight from your IDE. There’s no need to spend time trying to recreate the bug. Perfecto makes it fast and simple to find and fix bugs.

See for yourself. Start your two-week Perfecto free trial today.

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