I've just finished python and I'm heading towards the game development area.

I'm wanting to learn C#, and I need an IDE for it, albeit I also need a C IDE, for my projects.

Are there any IDE's that support these languages? C/C#/C++

I need to know, because I'm wanting to make a game in Unity.

I found that Visual Studio supports it, but its size is TOO BIG

Other than that, thanks.

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    Welcome to Software Recommendations! Can you please define "good": what features do you need, what is important to you, what OS should it run on, how much money would you spend if needed, how big is "too big", etc? Please take a look at What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? Then please edit your question and see if you can incorporate some of these improvements.
    – Izzy
    Aug 20, 2020 at 7:57
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    There's also VS Code (which I believe is smaller but I've only looked at it not really used it myself). Personally I use Visual Studio for C# (and have done for well over a decade) as comment above I'm wondering why you see it as 'too big'?
    – d219
    Aug 20, 2020 at 8:52
  • 2GB is too big for me, <2GB is okay.
    – slawbear
    Aug 20, 2020 at 15:29
  • What platform are you targeting? That may impact the IDE you can use.
    – rrirower
    Aug 20, 2020 at 18:37

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It does sound like you should give VS Code a try, for the following reason:

Personally I'd prefer to get hardware that can run Visual Studio Community (also free), and it's worth being aware there are limitations to VS Code (see https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/supporting/FAQ , Microsoft bill it as a 'code editor' rather than full integrated development environment) but it seems to meet your initial requirements at least.

  • I'm currently using PyCharm for my python projects, if I use VS, can I delete PyCharm and transfer all my python projects to VS? or is it a bad idea?
    – slawbear
    Aug 22, 2020 at 14:09
  • I'm not a Python Dev so can't really compare - I'd say try VS Code first as see if it does all you want :)
    – d219
    Aug 22, 2020 at 16:10

VS Code is a great editor. It is not an IDE per se, but supports debugging, auto-completion and many other features, mainly through it's vast catalog of plugins. It is cross-platform, very lightweight and has excellent support for C, C# and C++.

  • Could you please add a link on where to obtain the software, and mention its pricing? Thanks!
    – Izzy
    Aug 21, 2020 at 19:24
  • I'd say that whether you consider VS Code and IDE or not is very much dependent on your definition. While MS seem keen to differentiate between VS Code editor and Visual Studio IDE I think that's more to do with product separation rather than VS Code being definitively not an IDE.
    – d219
    Aug 21, 2020 at 20:09
  • @Izzy You can easily Google Visual Studio Code and it is free. code.visualstudio.com/?wt.mc_id=DX_841432
    – Eric S
    Aug 21, 2020 at 21:35
  • @EricS thanks. But answers here should not require "googling" details (apart from me not "googling" but rather "searxing" ;)
    – Izzy
    Aug 22, 2020 at 11:40
  • @Izzy You are, of course, right.
    – Eric S
    Aug 22, 2020 at 13:20

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