Compare Microsoft Visual Studio vs. Zend Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio is ranked 1st in .NET Development Services with 7 reviews while Zend Studio which is ranked 4th in .NET Development Services with 1 review. Microsoft Visual Studio is rated 8.6, while Zend Studio is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Visual Studio writes "Open to other platforms and we are able to run additional components on top of it". 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 Microsoft Silverlight, SharePoint Designer and Zend Studio, whereas Zend Studio is most compared with Microsoft Visual Studio.
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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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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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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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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 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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