Compare Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer

Microsoft Visual Studio is ranked 1st in .NET Development Services with 9 reviews while SharePoint Designer is ranked 6th in .NET Development Services with 1 review. Microsoft Visual Studio is rated 8.8, while SharePoint Designer is rated 5.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Visual Studio writes "It is broad-spectrum so it can be used for a wide variety of technologies". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SharePoint Designer writes "We can use it as a secondary customization platform but it should be more flexible and upgrading should be simpler". Microsoft Visual Studio is most compared with Microsoft Silverlight, SharePoint Designer and Zend Studio, whereas SharePoint Designer is most compared with Microsoft Visual Studio and ASP.NET.
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I like it that I don't need any special software to run this program.The feature I find most valuable is the fact that it's broad-spectrum, so it can be used for a wide variety of technologies.The most valuable feature is the integration with different databases.It's a universal solution. I like that I can easily find software developers for it. I can easily find staff on Microsoft forums. Also, we have other components that are running on top of Visual Studio. I like that it is open to other platforms. Finally, there are many many resources for Microsoft Visual Studio and I can easily find support. There is a large knowledge base for it as well.We use TFS for our scrums, which links our tasks to actual code changes.It is also flexible enough to let me use Git as well as its own version control mechanism.It is definitely sophisticated and provides many out-of-the-box features. Going community has boosted all that.Most valuable features include code navigation by symbols and document auto formatting.

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What I like most about this solution, is that we can use it as a secondary customization platform.

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In the next version I would like to see a better development tool.The reporting services are quite limited in terms of features and need to be improved.I would like to see support for rapid application development. For example, if I am developing a new project, I am repeating many similar steps again and again and again. But the platform could do this easily, instead of me. It would save me time. This is something I would like to have in Microsoft Visual Studio, to have it take over repetitive tasks from me.It would be nice if Visual Studio's extensions and updates could self-correct, if they are not working or disabled, and also inform the user.Since it is a heavy product, it is somewhat slow in building and executing the code in a localhost environment and it consumes a lot of resources.

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There is zero technical support. I have to use Google to fix the issues myself.

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The price is good.

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I've never paid for SharePoint Designer. What I paid for, is the SharePoint license, the cava, and then the client accesses the line fee.

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Visual Studio.NET is the umbrella that represents the key pieces of the .NET platform delivered from Microsoft, including the .NET Framework, the recently announced .NET Core, and a shared common layer of packages, compilers and runtime. Read this .NET blog post about the evolution of the platform and the different pieces that make .NET 2015. SharePoint Designer is the tool of choice for the rapid development of SharePoint applications. Using SharePoint Designer, advanced users and developers alike can rapidly create SharePoint solutions in response to business needs. Advanced users can compose no-code solutions that encompass a variety of common scenarios, from collaborative sites and web publishing to Line-Of-Business data integration, business intelligence solutions, and human workflows, leveraging the building blocks available in SharePoint in an easy to use environment.
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