Compare Microsoft Visual Studio vs. Zend Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio is ranked 1st in .NET Development Services with 8 reviews while Zend Studio is ranked 5th in .NET Development Services with 1 review. Microsoft Visual Studio is rated 9.0, while Zend Studio is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Visual Studio writes "Great integrated debugger, offers lots of features, and is extremely stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zend Studio writes "It has higher quality code, faster debugging, and higher quality projects". Microsoft Visual Studio is most compared with SharePoint Designer, TIBCO General Interface, Microsoft Silverlight, Genero and ASP.NET, whereas Zend Studio is most compared with .
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The most valuable feature is that it is a complete package, with an IDE and everything that you need for software development.Code management is a new and convenient feature.While you're coding, it's really nice to be able to print stuff out and make sure that all the data is being organized the way you want it to be.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.

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It has higher quality code, faster debugging, and higher quality projects.It has the ability to jump to any file in your project with a few keystrokes, as well as the ability to command-click on any token in your code and have it jump to the token's definition.

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There are some features that I have yet to explore and it would be helpful to have more information about what is available and how it works.File installations are heavy.Technical support needs to be improved. Right now, it's not great.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.

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Stability is sometimes lacking in updates.The debugger often has problems determining where to map files to local projects.Most recent set of patches (2018) on Mac OS X caused the app to crash when you would cut more than 10 lines of code. Apparently, this was due to a bug in Eclipse, but regardless, it took several months for Zend to post a patch.

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The introduction of the Community Version allows some people to use it free of charge.There's a community edition that is absolutely free to use. It's pretty good.The price is good.

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The product requires a subscription to Zend Server Developer, which used to be free and now has an annual fee, but it is still worth the money.Licensing is reasonable for this type of tool. Although, you can cobble together a solution which is zero cost.

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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. Zend Studio – the PHP IDE for smarter development. It codes faster with up to 3X performance improvements in indexing, validation, searching of PHP code. It has superior PHP 7.1 support, PHP 7.1 express migration assistant, and seamless integration with Zend Server 9. It provides robust debugging capabilities with Xdebug, Zend Debugger, and Z-Ray integration. Zend Studio has an extensive plugin capabilities provided by the large Eclipse eco-system and supports for best-in-class dev tools including Docker and Git Flow Intelligent code editor. Deploy PHP applications on any server including cloud support for Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure and support for HiDPi displays - scale graphics (ala 4K resolution).
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