# Which IDE will make me a better programmer Visual Studio or Eclipse?

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I understand that these IDEs are tools.  I also understand that a programmer is much more than that IDE, has to be able to solve problems, and all that.  I'm not suggesting that an IDE will make someone better, though it might make the more productive.

But, When you get to really understanding what's going on in your application, which will be best?  I always feel like VS is insulating me way too much, but I think that is just a perception.  Eclipse "feels" more, I don't know, close to the language?

I am aware of Petzold's old 2005 article.  I don't care much for it.

If I'm not programming in C++, C, or Assembly, do Eclipse and/or Visual Studio, keep me too insulated?  Are they both about the same on this note?

By "better" I mean understand more about what's really going on under the hood.  Then again, how far can that go?  Do I have to write a compiler in C to feel like a real programmers?  Mine my own ore to build the PC?  Get silicone?

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I don't think either really coddles you as much as you're saying unless you're using VSes xaml editor or something.

The most important thing they do is stop you from having to go look up the name of that function you made five weeks ago. I like VS personally. They're express editions are pretty slick. But that's in large part because it's what I work with.

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frob    44908
If you are developing on Windows for Windows on any of Visual Studio's languages, then Visual Studio will be the better experience.

If you are developing Java applications then Eclipse will be the better experience.

Both of those scenarios offer great things. Both of those combinations offer ways to edit-and-continue when debugging, making changes to your program without stopping execution. Both of those combinations allow you to debug deeply into issues; either all the way down into the OS for VS/Windows, or all the way into the Java virtual machine with Java/Eclipse.

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So they are about the same level of abstraction then?  I won't be a better programmer with Eclipse (even on Windows)?

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tmccolgan88    255

Neither will make you "better".  Some people even think that IDE's hinder learning, and say that you should begin programming in a terminal. That is kind of overkill though.  If you want to be a better programmer just make sure you understand what is happening in your code, and research it if you don't.

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Alpha_ProgDes    6921

Neither will make you "better".

QFT. QFE.

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ChaosEngine    5185

By "better" I mean understand more about what's really going on under the hood.  Then again, how far can that go?  Do I have to write a compiler in C to feel like a real programmers?  Mine my own ore to build the PC?  Get silicone?

Do you really care? You don't need to be a great mechanic to be a great driver. You don't need to be a luthier to be a guitarist.

There's nothing wrong with learning low-level stuff and it certainly won't hurt, but it's not necessarily what you're looking to do.

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alnite    3436

I have never been a fan of Eclipse.  It has raised so many false alarms on me, flagging errors in code, while nothing was really wrong.  I feel that Eclipse has been really buggy to me.

Needless to say, I have spent hours figuring out these false alarms, while the fix was simply to reload Eclipse.  That's not cool.

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NetGnome    773

If you're looking to learn about WHY the code works, then you need to go into a much deeper dive into the inner workings of the OS and computer architectures. On windows, you're best bet is that you'll learn by something telling you how/why it works, unless you work at MS, then you'll -know- how/why it works. For Linux, there is stuff like LFS, which you'll be able to learn and know how/why your OS works.

Will learning that make you a better developer? Maybe. It all depends on what you're doing. Almost all of that is too much info for a business app developer. But if you're doing interesting things with your computer, or chasing some really nasty bug, then that info can become invaluable and a huge time saver.

Will your IDE guide you in any of that? Nope, its not its job.

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RLS0812    3043

My opinion ?

Eclipse doesn't force you to use Micro$oft exclusive libraries when compiling ... Visual Studio forces you to include include "Redistributable" along with your compiled work. For me Eclipse is a much better work environment, than Visual Studio any way. Edited by Shippou #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites My opinion ? Eclipse doesn't force you to use Micro$oft exclusive libraries when compiling  ... Visual Studio forces you to include include "Redistributable" along with your compiled work.

That's language dependent isn't it?

RLS0812    3043

My opinion ?

Eclipse doesn't force you to use Micro$oft exclusive libraries when compiling ... Visual Studio forces you to include include "Redistributable" along with your compiled work. That's language dependent isn't it? Visual ... C , C++, C#, F#, Basic .... all compile using MS libraries. ( I use QT for C++ to avoid this problem) Edited by Shippou #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites RivieraKid 698 My opinion ? Eclipse doesn't force you to use Micro$oft exclusive libraries when compiling  ... Visual Studio forces you to include include "Redistributable" along with your compiled work.

I think your referring to the prerequisite of .net framework, Java Runtime is also a prerequisite for Java.  What is your point?

Do you need to give out a redistributable when you make a html website with visual studio? No.

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RivieraKid    698

My opinion ?

Eclipse doesn't force you to use Micro$oft exclusive libraries when compiling ... Visual Studio forces you to include include "Redistributable" along with your compiled work. That's language dependent isn't it? Visual ... C , C++, C#, F#, Basic .... all compile using MS libraries. ( I use QT for C++ to avoid this problem) C#, F#, VB and many others all run on the same platform, its actually pretty awesome. MS Libraries are not a "problem", they actually have a much better standard to Java libraries, I've seen null parameters for a constructor expected in Java libs, had me going around in circles. #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites RLS0812 3043 My opinion ? Eclipse doesn't force you to use Micro$oft exclusive libraries when compiling  ... Visual Studio forces you to include include "Redistributable" along with your compiled work.

That's language dependent isn't it?

Visual ... C , C++, C#, F#,  Basic .... all compile using MS libraries. ( I use QT for C++ to avoid this problem)

C#, F#, VB and many others all run on the same platform, its actually pretty awesome. MS Libraries are not a "problem", they actually have a much better standard to Java libraries, I've seen null parameters for a constructor expected in Java libs, had me going around in circles.

Say that when trying to adapt your program for a Mac or Linux platform.

Don't get me started on the workarounds that kill the program's performance .

BTW under the fine print, Micro$oft does ** NOT ** allow you to resell closed source Visual Studio programs without a license. Edited by Shippou #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites tstrimp 1798 Say that when trying to adapt your program for a Mac or Linux platform. Don't get me started on the workarounds that kill the program's performance . BTW under the fine print, Micro$oft does ** NOT ** allow you to resell closed source Visual Studio programs without a license.

Given your continued use of dollar signs when referring to Microsoft, your hilarious bias and inaccurate information shouldn't be surprising. Perhaps you should re-read those EULAs and stop spreading FUD.

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mhagain    13430
BTW under the fine print, Micro$oft does ** NOT ** allow you to resell closed source Visual Studio programs without a license. That's just nonsense; even the Express versions of Visual Studio allow you to sell your program comercially. The old "$" thing is just uncool, by the way; definitely showing some prejudice there - uniformed prejudice too - if you think your preferred platform is superior you shouldn't need to spread FUD in order to support it.

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Dwarf King    2126

BTW under the fine print, Micro$oft does ** NOT ** allow you to resell closed source Visual Studio programs without a license. Are you sure about that? Edited by Dwarf King #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites RLS0812 3043 You posted a link to a forum ... Here is directly from the end user agreement PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE LIMITATION. Unless otherwise specified, the Services are for your personal and non-commercial use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information, software, products or services obtained from the Services. #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites mhagain 13430 You posted a link to a forum ... Here is directly from the end user agreement PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE LIMITATION. Unless otherwise specified, the Services are for your personal and non-commercial use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information, software, products or services obtained from the Services. And you have provided absolutely nothing to back this up. A quick Google for the first few words from your quote shows that to be standard boilerplate text in almost every single EULA out there, so it signifies absolutely nothing. You're also conveniently ignoring the "unless otherwise specified" part. Meanwhile, and although the page has since disappeared from Microsoft's website, thanks to the magic of the Wayback Machine we can see exactly what it said about the Express editions: http://web.archive.org/web/20100124084454/http://www.microsoft.com/express/Support/Support-faq.aspx Can I use Express Editions for commercial use? Yes, there are no licensing restrictions for applications built using Visual Studio Express Editions. So it's probably best to drop the uninformed nonsense roundabout now before you make an even bigger fool of yourself over this. #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites tstrimp 1798 Bah! Ninja'd Edited by tstrimple #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites frob 44908 Yup, that is standard boilerplate that is frequently misread. It means you can't package up the product and sell it as your own. For example, you cannot rebrand it as "Shippou's Visual Studio". It does not keep you from distributing products made using the tool. Getting back to the original poster, So they are about the same level of abstraction then? I won't be a better programmer with Eclipse (even on Windows)? They are similar but different tools. Both tools allow you to edit code, launch tools, and debug your program. You need more details if you want better answers. Specifically, what languages are you using, what platform are you developing on, and what platforms are you targeting? Visual Studio can dig deeply into Windows when debugging. When editing windows-targeting binaries and Microsoft's runtime libraries. When using other languages not directly supported by Visual Studio you lose many features. (For example, you would lose "edit and continue", which is a feature that has saved millions of developer hours.) If you are developing for Windows on Windows, which is probably the most common pattern for games, then Visual Studio is the answer. Eclipse is excellent at Java, and moderately good at other environments. The IDE is much less integrated in non-Java environments. The equivalent of VS's "edit and continue" is only available in Java if you are using Eclipse's build chain and expected build folder locations, and is not available for other languages and tool plugins. If you are developing in Java than Eclipse is probably the IDE of choice. #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites Dwarf King 2126 You posted a link to a forum ... Here is directly from the end user agreement PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE LIMITATION. Unless otherwise specified, the Services are for your personal and non-commercial use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information, software, products or services obtained from the Services. Yes I did, but not any forum, Microsoft's own forum. There are plenty of the same questions over there and they all get the same answer. #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites ChaosEngine 5185 My opinion ? Eclipse doesn't force you to use Micro$oft exclusive libraries when compiling  ... Visual Studio forces you to include include "Redistributable" along with your compiled work.

Yeah, gotta watch that evil M\$...