Visual Studio only runs on Windows.

by Jun 28, 2024

Visual Studio only runs on Windows.

I hear this argument a lot when comparing C# with other programming languages.

I don’t understand this argument.

First it assumes you need Visual Studio to write C#.

You don’t. You can also use VS Code or JetBrains Rider.

But then Visual Studio is one of the best IDE in the world. And this is somehow a negative point because it only runs on Windows?

Do Golang, Rust, PHP, Python, JavaScript and others offer an IDE? And are they any good?

None of them offer any IDE.

Most use VS Code for writing code, an editor also created by Microsoft.

So how can Visual Studio only running on Windows be a negative point for C#?

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