Announcing the Top Rated Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Software for 2019

Alan Cooke, Researcher at TrustRadius
Alan Cooke
August 28, 2019
Awards, IT & Development

Announcing the Top Rated Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Software for 2019

We are excited to announce the Top Rated Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Software for 2019! Top Rated awards showcase today’s top-of-the-line product in Integrated Development Environments (IDE) based solely on positive user feedback and satisfaction scores. These awards make the voice of the market the primary decider into the industry’s best products.

Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are never influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer. So without further ado…

Here are the winners:

IntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ IDEA TRScore |

IntelliJ IDEA is an IDE for Java applications which includes features such as static code analysis, smart code completion, version control, code refactoring, and other conveniences. This software also features inline debugging and test runners for popular testing frameworks. It also supports language injection and cross-language refactoring, and performs automated code fragment duplication detection, and live quick fixes. On TrustRadius, IntelliJ IDEA users come from companies of all sizes. Users describe IntelliJ IDEA as an excellent IDE for Java development that merits its cost with superior debugging and smart code hinting and completion, and easy-to-use code refactoring.

IntelliJ IDEA is used by developers in our organization as the standard IDE to develop code. It drastically reduces time to develop effective code and being an enterprise licensed product , it offers enterprise features which are not present in other IDES…  It performs better than [competitors] in code refactoring, code completion and debugging (the features of an IDE)… IntelliJ IDEA is well suited for someone involved in enterprise Java development.”

Dhruba Jyoti Nag | Associate | Entertainment

Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio IDE TRScore |

Visual Studio is Microsoft’s IDE for Azure development which supports a wide variety of coding languages via VSPackages, and features code debugging, IntelliSense code completion, and other convenience tools. Visual Studio also features plenty of editing shortcuts and refactoring, and is extendable through a marketplace of plugins. With Visual Studio CodeLens developers can locate change in code and the impact of those changes. Visual Studio is the most frequently reviewed IDE on TrustRadius and is used by developers at companies of all sizes. Recent reviewers say Visual Studio is the gold standard IDE for building in C#, with supreme IntelliSense code editing and powerful debugging.

“For the features and cost there was no equal to Visual Studio. Many of the other IDE did have some better or worse features than Visual Studio but in total nothing was even close to what we could achieve with Visual Studio. In addition Visual Studio makes it very easy for a new developer to on board and start contributing… When it comes to developing custom applications there is no better platform than Visual Studio. We use it to develop web sites, web services, console applications, integrations and much more. The speed and flexibility that it affords us is unparalleled.”

Kyle Kochtan | Technical Lead | Consumer Goods

Oracle SQL Developer

Oracle SQL Developer TRScore |

Oracle SQL Developer is a free integrated development environment used primarily by database administrators to design, develop, fix, query, and maintain Oracle databases. SQL Developer provides an object browser for exploring database content, an SQL Worksheet editor for executing scripts and SQL statements, and the Procedure Editor IDE for PL/SQL. SQL Developer also includes Unit Testing, data modeling and other database utilities. On TrustRadius, SQ Developer reviewers primarily come from enterprises (75%). Reviewers describe the IDE as their tool of choice to access an Oracle database to perform troubleshooting and apply fixes, and also appreciate how easy it is for new users to learn.

“Oracle’s SQL Developer is used throughout the IT department at my company. It is extremely useful for querying our various databases. It is used for researching, troubleshooting, fixing (insert, update, delete), etc. It is a very powerful tool and is critical to our IT department’s daily functionality…  Even with very limited knowledge, you can benefit from this product since it can help you along if needed. There are even some built-in reports which can be run for common tasks or to be used as a template for new queries you may need to create.”

Verified User | Director in Information Technology | Medical Devices Company


The Eclipse integrated development environment is a widely used open source IDE supported by the nonprofit Eclipse Foundation. It is mostly used to build in Java but can also be used to build in many other coding languages via plugins. Through the Eclipse Marketplace Client the IDE can be customized. It has standard features to match paid IDEs including code editing and refactoring, testing and debugging, and other features. TrustRadius reviewers come from companies of all sizes, with higher representation from enterprises (43%). Reviewers say Eclipse makes it easy to hunt down errors in Java code and is the best open source IDE for building applications in Java. They also favor Eclipse for its third-party integrations and large, supportive community of users.

“We use Eclipse for all Java project development in the department. Most of the times when dealing with some complex problems which can only be solved using Java logic, we have to rely on Java development and use an IDE. Eclipse is one of the oldest and most popular IDE kits. Eclipse helps with business problems like fast Java application development with proper industry standards. The third party integrator and connectors help a lot to make the finest and crafted end product.”

Shivani Sharma | Research and Data Analyst | Internet

Congratulations to the winners of the Top Rated Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Software Award!

What is Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Software?

An IDE provides more advanced features and a more advanced coding interface than what is typically provided in a code editor. Some additional capabilities found in IDEs are debugging, version control, and other conveniences like code completion or build automation

Beyond these features, IDE software provides developers with extra features to speed and perfect building with code. For instance, advanced IDEs provide an editor to clean or complete code as you write, and code refactoring to increase code efficiency while retaining its basic behavior. An IDE likely includes many templates to help developers get started with jobs of various kinds. 

While many IDEs are (or were originally) built with a certain programming language in mind, most can be used to build in other coding languages via plugins. These tools generally have a library of plugins and tools to customize their functionality. Established and popular IDEs are available free and open source, though proprietary IDEs may be favored for providing cleaner and more efficient development, at speed.

Top Rated Criteria

Products included in the 2019 Top Rated Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Software list must have been in the top tier of their category TrustMap as of August 1st, 2019. To qualify for the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Software Top Rated Award, products must have at least 10 reviews written within the past year, a TRScore of at least 7.5 out of 10, and must receive at least 1.5% of the traffic in their category.  Every reviewer is verified and every review is vetted before publication. Products are plotted on the TrustMap based on end-user data, including users’ likelihood to recommend scores as well as buyer research patterns. To learn more about TrustMaps and Top Rated methodology, check out this page.

About the Author

Alan Cooke, Researcher at TrustRadius
Alan Cooke
Alan attended the University College Dublin where he received his BA and MA in English Literature and Philosophy and he received his MBA from HEC Paris. He has held many roles at various companies including Director of Product Management at HP, Dazel, Inquisite, and Convio. His research interests both at work and outside of work include complex, technical topics (ironically).

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