When comparing Visual Studio Online vs Eclipse Che, the Slant community recommends Eclipse Che for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud IDEs?” Eclipse Che is ranked 6th while Visual Studio Online is ranked 20th. The most important reason people chose Eclipse Che is:
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Pro Private repositories freely available
Private repositories are free and unlimited for any user.
Pro Continuous integration available
Pro Integrated with Visual Studio IDE
Integrated with the Visual Studio IDE for visualizing on which branch the developer is working currently and visualizes changes not committed yet.
Pro TFS and Git support
Pro Project Management tools (e.g. bug tracking)
Issue management, Task planning, resource planning, scrum
Pro Data encrypted at rest
Most data is encrypted. Microsoft working on getting this to 100%. Handy if you have compliance requirement here
Pro Stakeholder accounts are free
Approvers, bug reporters, anyone who doesn't commit code free.
Pro Full enterprise solution
Because it is a full enterprise solution, It does almost everything in the SDLC and it does it well.
Pro Gated check ins support
You can't approve your own check-ins.
Pro Docker runtimes
Pro SSH + terminal
Built-in terminal with root access so you can make changes to your running machines. Being able to SSH into the workspace so you can use a desktop IDE is handy.
Pro GIT and SVN VCS support
Projects can be easily imported from any Git or Svn repository hosting service.
Pro Reproducible environment
Pro Custom commands
You can package up custom commands with your workspace and then use them (or share them) with everyone else.
Pro Portable workspaces
The workspace in Che includes project sources, IDE and the runtime. So if you hand your Che workspace definition to another user and they execute it they will get everything they need to build, run and debug the project.
Also the runtime is in a Docker container so it will work even if the second user is on a different OS than the original user who shared their workspace with them.
Che does a nice job to automatically map the service:port running in the Docker container (e.g. tomcat on 8080) to the Docker port it actually uses (something in the ephemeral range). You never need to figure that out - it's just made available when you run your server.
Pro Merge tool for VCS
The code is proprietary.
Con Overwhelming complexity
Since it's made to be an enterprise product for large teams and companies, it may be overwhelming for small teams and projects.
Con Limited collaboration features
VSO is built for well-defined teams, not for open-source projects where everyone can collaborate. In order to participate in any way, a user has to be explicitly added to a team.
Con Slow runtime
Online IDE is much slower than desktop one.