When comparing Sublime Text with C Improved plugin vs Microsoft's Visual Studio, the Slant community recommends Microsoft's Visual Studio for most people. In the question“What are the best IDEs for C on Windows?” Microsoft's Visual Studio is ranked 9th while Sublime Text with C Improved plugin is ranked 10th. The most important reason people chose Microsoft's Visual Studio is:
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Pro Consistent cross-platform
Looks consistently the same across Windows, OS X and Linux.
Sublime Text 2 is among the fastest editors as it is and Sublime Text 3 promises to improve the start-up time to become even faster.
Pro Powerful plugin system
Sublime Text supports a large number of languages and general text editing features out of the box, but its most useful feature is its extensibility - Sublime Text uses TextMate's syntax declaration files to support new languages, has all its menus and keybindings generated from JSON files, and can be scripted to add new features using Python.
Pro Clean UI
Visual Studio has a clean, intuitive user interface.
Pro Cloud storage
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 Product backlog
In agile development teams, one really needs features such as product backlogs where you can assign features to teammates 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 Very good XML/XSD support
Syntax highlighting, Intellisense, and jump to declaration all work in XML documents.
Con Few releases
Sublime Text 3 is in Beta since June 2013 but the latest Dev version of Sublime Text 3 was released in Februrary 2016.
Con Not cross-platform
Visual Studio is only available on Windows, which causes platform lock-in.
Visual Studio can be quite laggy.
Con Takes up a lot of space
Visual Studio can use about 6 GBs which a lot of space to be taken from your computer.
Con Terribly slow development
Keep dreaming about features already provided by alternative products.
Con Non-native window frame
The IDE main window lacks a standard window frame (titlebar/borders). A custom solution is used where the custom titlebar contains numerous application-specific controls. This results in inconsistent UX and can also be problematic when you're using shell replacements or other various window-management software (such as bbLean).
Con Tons of feature bloat
If you're doing simple web frontend dev, then VS is far too arcane and feature bloated for most of your work.