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Visual Studio is the go-to development environment when it comes to making .NET apps, but that doesn't mean we should ignore the alternatives. JetBrains of Resharper fame has its own IDE, called Rider, which is pretty feature packed -- and still being improved upon. Unfortunately it hit a speed bump a few months back, running afoul of licensing issues with .NET Core.
Last month JetBrains -- of ReSharper fame -- unveiled its plans for a C# integrated development environment that would effectively come with ReSharper and IntelliJ built-in. If you want to give it a try, JetBrains is now taking down details for its Early Access program.
Visual Studio with ReSharper installed is hard to beat when it comes to .NET development, but that doesn't mean competition isn't welcome. If you're a C# developer willing to experiment, JetBrains has announced its own cross-platform IDE, called Project Rider, that will include "a lot of functionality that you are already familiar with from ReSharper and IntelliJ-based IDEs".