Another free option for developers is Visual Studio Code, a free and open-source code editor. As it’s not an IDE, it doesn’t have all the features of Visual Studio Express, Community, or Professional.
But if you don’t need all of those extra features, Code is a great way to save some money and stay within the Microsoft ecosystem (if that’s something you’re looking to do).
You get things like Intellisense completion, debugging, built-in Git functionality, and the option to use extensions. You’ll miss out on some of the higher-level features of Visual Studio like testing and extensive collaboration tools.
But if you don’t need those things, Code is a great choice.