Compare Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer

Microsoft Visual Studio is ranked 1st in .NET Development Services with 8 reviews while SharePoint Designer is ranked 2nd in .NET Development Services with 14 reviews. Microsoft Visual Studio is rated 8.8, while SharePoint Designer is rated 6.6. 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 "Easy to install and allows direct access to data structures". Microsoft Visual Studio is most compared with SharePoint Designer, Microsoft Silverlight and TIBCO General Interface, whereas SharePoint Designer is most compared with Microsoft Visual Studio and ASP.NET. See our Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer report.
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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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We used SharePoint Designer 2013 widely for data mining, exploring the content, and editing. Those are the main features that you would need to use SharePoint Designer for.The basic functionality the solution makes it easy to share documents or information with the team.The most valuable feature is the capability to directly access the SharePoint data structure.The workflow is the solution's most valuable feature.The most valuable feature is the development.The feature I find most valuable, is the workflow of the product.The most valuable part of the solution is its ability to allow for a high degree of customization.The new version doesn't have the option to view data, but it has other, better features though.

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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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SharePoint Designer is not releasing a new version. Version 2013 was the latest version. Now in 2019, we are still using the biggest version. It doesn't work properly anymore. Sometimes we experience issues, but there is no new version.It has a lot of bugs. It's also not very convenient. The UX/UI is not very user-friendly and not designed to be similar to other applications from Microsoft.It would be helpful to have the SharePoint Designer capabilities built directly into SharePoint itself, into the management page, so as to create an online version of it directly in SharePoint.The solution requires more web-based publishing. It would benefit from adding in more collaboration features as well.This solution could definitely be made easier to use.I am not sure how stable the solution will be once Microsoft stops supporting it.The solution is not scalable at all.I would like to be able to use SharePoint Designer without having to buy other third party programs.

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The price is good.

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This solution is free of charge.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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Knab, Hamburg Port Authority, Kecioren Municipality, National Instruments, Hamburg Port Authority, Government of Odisha, Kongsberg Maritime ASPyrotek Inc., ICA, Deliver Australia, Secretary of Economy of Mexico, Aegon, ABB Switzerland, Ascent Yarns Private Limited, Bakewell Biscuits Pvt Ltd, Hitachi Consulting
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