Three free alternatives to Visual Studio

Three free alternatives to Visual Studio

The new version of Visual Studio, Microsoft's popular IDE, has been released a few days ago, but just because it's from Microsoft doesn't mean we have to use it for our developments. At the moment Thanks to Free Software there are alternatives as good as Visual Studio. We bring you three great programs as good as Visual Studio with some languages.

Yes, the big problem with these IDEs is that they don't work well with .net technology, Visual Studio being the only IDE that does it. But to develop good applications it is not necessary to develop in .net.


One of the great IDE's of Free software is called Netbeans. At first Netbeans was oriented towards developing programs with the Java programming language, but with the passage of time new programming languages ​​were accepted as well as new tools, debugger and compiler, turning Netbeans into a powerful IDE. Netbeans is completely free and has many very intuitive plugins and tools, it is also multiplatform so it can be used on any computer. If your intention is to develop with java, Netbeans is a great option.


Eclipse was born as a fork of Netbeans itself but its easy use with the android sdk has gradually made its users create and develop a great IDE. Like Netbeans, Eclipse works with java, c ++, html, css, php, Go, etc ... It has a debugger, compiler and an emulator to run apps. Currently there is a free version and a version that integrates the android sdk for those who only develop for this platform. Like the rest, Eclipse is free but its installation is different from the rest. Eclipse does not work like the typical exe but it is a compressed folder that you have to unzip and then configure the paths of the java virtual machine and the rest of the configurations.


The third IDE is a bit atypical but it is gaining more and more followers. It's called QtCreator and although it specializes in developing applications with QT libraries, the truth is that QTCreator can support other languages ​​and technologies. Its operation is similar to Visual Studio but with its own specifications. QT Creator is cross-platform and not only compiles for Gnu / Linux but also for other platforms. It is a very young IDE but one that is increasingly supported not only by the development of QT but also because it is powerful when it comes to creating mobile apps.

Conclusion on these alternatives to Visual Studio

I have personally tried these three ideas as well as Visual Studio. I think that unless it is programmed with a special language such as .net or with the QT libraries, any IDE is good and it is only a matter of taste since all four have enough tools, plugins and information so that the most novice can create a simple application. Now it's up to you What IDE do you prefer?

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  1.   Gustavo Rodriguez said

    Which one works best with C #, so get here, please.