When comparing Visual Studio with the Python Tools extension vs Spyder, the Slant community recommends Spyder for most people. In the question“What are the best Python IDEs or editors?” Spyder is ranked 6th while Visual Studio with the Python Tools extension is ranked 31st. The most important reason people chose Spyder is:
Spyder's autocomplete features are made possible by a library called [rope](https://github.com/python-rope/rope) which gives Spyder powerful autocompletion.
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Pro Autocompletion based on variable types
Has smart autocompletion based on variable types
Pro Cloud storage through VS Online
Your Visual Studio Online account gives you a place to store your code, backlog, and other project data with no servers to deploy, configure, or manage.
Pro Web based interface to track project progress
In agile development teams one really needs features such as product backlogs where you can assign features to team mates and track their progress on them. VS provides a web based interface for you to track your team's complete progress on the project.
Pro Powerful autocompletion
Spyder's autocomplete features are made possible by a library called rope which gives Spyder powerful autocompletion.
Pro Free and open-source
Released under the MIT license.
Pro Graph plotting support
Spyder can plot graphs and provide the list of all variables.
Pro Has cross platform support - Linux, Mac, and even Windows
Spyder (formerly Pydee) has support for all of the major operating platforms - Linux, Mac, and even Windows.
Pro Relatively lightweight
Pro Helps you to use documentation
Pro Enables to write consistent code
Pylint integration enables to check the code for PEP8 style guide and detect errors.
Pro Has support for Vim bindings via plugin support
Aside from being an open sourced, actively developed IDE, vim key-binding support is also available. If you remember Pydee - this is it, albeit with a new name.
Pro Good GitHub project
Pro Excellent variable explorer
Dynamic variable explorer with editor and visualizer
Pro Completely Python
Con Windows only
Visual Studio is only available on Windows, though there is now a cross-platform derivation of Visual Studio named Visual Studio Code. It is has less features and is more of a code editor than an IDE.
Visual Studio is a proprietary software.
Con The documentation is poor when it comes to debugging
Not a lot of information about debugging is available in the documentation.
Con Not beautiful
The default theme is not beautiful. And there are not many themes.