Top IDEs in 2022 with Features and Prices

1. Visual Studio

This is an IDE by Microsoft that uses its own software development platforms. As far as we know, many people start coding with C/C++ to get a good base, so this IDE is good for both beginners and professionals.

  • Debugger support and code editor,
  • A host of visual designers.
  • For businesses: $45/month (Visual Studio Professional, Azure DevOps basic),
  • For enterprises: $250/month (Visual Studio Enterprise, Azure DevOps basic + test).

2. Eclipse

Eclipse is written mostly in Java and used primarily for developing Java applications. However, it may also serve to develop applications in other programming languages. It ranks second in terms of popularity and is used by approximately 24% of programmers.

  • Free and open-source software,
  • Rich Client Platform.

3. Android Studio

This IDE is built on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA and designed specifically for Android development. Android Studio is developed by a Czech company that calls itself the best IDE provider in 2021.

  • Gradle-based build support,
  • Template-based wizards to create common Android designs and components,
  • A rich layout editor that allows users to drag-and-drop UI components with an option to preview layouts on multiple screen configurations.

4. IntelliJ IDEA

This IDE is written in Java for developing desktop software. The Community and Ultimate editions have different support for various programming languages. It’s the best visually designed IDE and hence quite easy to use.

  • Built-in tools and integration,
  • Plugin ecosystem,
  • Software versioning and revision control.
  • For individuals: $149–299 in the first year with a discount each subsequent year,
  • For professionals: $499–699 in the first year with a discount each subsequent year.

5. PhpStorm

PhpStorm is a commercial cross-platform IDE that provides an editor with on-the-fly code analysis and error prevention. In our opinion, it is the best IDE for web projects, as it’s built of WebStorm and SQL with PHP. PhpStorm is like an upgraded version of WebStorm.

  • Coding Style Support,
  • Duplicated Code Detector,
  • SQL and database support,
  • Easy-to-configure visual debugger.
  • For individuals: $89 in the first year with a discount each subsequent year,
  • For professionals: $199 in the first year with a discount each subsequent year.

6. NetBeans

NetBeans allows for the development of applications from a set of modular software components called modules. It supports the development of all types of Java applications. NetBeans is used by 7% of programmers and it ranks fourth in terms of popularity.

  • GUI design tool,
  • In addition to Java development, it can be applied to other languages.

7. WebStorm

This IDE is designed for JavaScript development. According to the reviews (and in our own opinion), it’s the best IDE for JS because of its simple design and rich tools. As for us, its best features are auto-complete and plugins. But like all other IDEs from this company, WebStorm is a bit slow, so it’s not a good option to start with.

  • Co-working,
  • JSON Lines,
  • Preview.
  • For individuals: $59 in the first year with a discount each subsequent year,
  • For professionals: $129 in the first year with a discount each subsequent year.

8. RubyMine

This IDE is designed for Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and web development. Its logo faithfully says that it’s the most intelligent IDE. RubyMine offers effective project management as it has a powerful debugger and perfect customization, which is all you need for a project.

  • Fast code analysis,
  • Debugger support,
  • Test frameworks support.
  • For individuals: $89 in the first year with a discount each subsequent year,
  • For professionals: $199 in the first year with a discount each subsequent year.

9. Xcode

Xcode is Apple’s IDE used to develop software for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Released by Apple, Xcode is the best IDE to develop software for Apple products.

  • Fat binary files,
  • The GUI tool Instruments,
  • Integrates built-in support for source code management.
  • Apple Developer Program: $99 per year.

10. Arduino IDE

This cross-platform application is written using functions from C and C++. The IDE is used for writing and uploading programs to Arduino-compatible boards. It’s not the only IDE for Arduino, but it’s the most trusted one. However, it doesn’t have any clear advantages and it doesn’t support any plugins.

  • Supplies a software library from the Wire project,
  • Employs AVRDude program.

Conclusion

The above list is our opinion. Currently we think IntelliJ IDEA and all of its products are those that truly rank first. That’s because today the trends in IDEs are good customization and cross-platform support.

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Yuri Filatov

Yuri Filatov

IT Expert and IT Delivery Manager at Andersen