When comparing Eclipse CDT vs Visual Studio for OSX, the Slant community recommends Visual Studio for OSX for most people. In the question“What are the best IDEs for C++ on Mac OS X?” Visual Studio for OSX is ranked 5th while Eclipse CDT is ranked 9th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Nice Mouse Hover assist during debugging
View values of variables on mouse hover during debugging.
Pro Free and open source
Eclipse is an open source project and free to use.
Pro Good font rendering
Because Eclipse is based on SWT, it uses the native font rendering and thus looks better than other IDEs on some Linux systems, where the Java font rendering is not optimal.
Pro Highly customizable
Thanks to the large variety of plugins and various configuration options, Eclipse is very customizable.
Pro Macro definition browser
Pro Free, and now with Xamarin support built-in to target most Oses.
Pro Visual Studio UI
Visual Studio set the IDE standard for most of the '90s. Although it has languished somewhat and some embarrassing UI defects remain in the Windows version, we can hope that Microsoft will deliver a fairly well-organized IDE for the Mac.
Con Plugins can be unstable
Though there are plenty of plugins to choose from, they aren't always reliable. Some aren't maintained, bug fixes can be slow, and you may need to download plugins from multiple sources.
Con UI can be confusing
There's an overly abundant presence of menus, this forces you to constantly click around the different menu structures.
Con Currently doesn't support C++
As of now, Visual Studio for Mac only supports .NET, C#, and F#.
Con VS doesn't support C11 for windows! mac will never ever see C support in there.
No wonder MS team hates C language - they've stolen from Unix so many things and Unix is still there :) Now mac 'borrowed'BSD - so for those stupid things buying mac ONLY, they will never promote free things.