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Vertex AI vs VS Code:
a side-by-side comparison for 2024

Comparing two data science notebooks.

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Vertex AI

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Vertex AI is Google Cloud's comprehensive machine learning platform that enables businesses to build, deploy, and scale AI models effortlessly.
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VS Code

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Visual Studio Code is a lightweight but powerful source code editor. It supports working with Jupyter Notebooks natively, as well as through Python code files.
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Vertex AI

VS Code

Setup

Is it managed?

Is it managed?

Fully managed (setup in hours)
No, you must host it yourself

Can you self-host?

Can you self-host?

You can self-host (setup in hours)
You can self-host (setup in hours)

Features

Is it Jupyter compatible?

Is it Jupyter compatible?

Jupyter-compatible
Jupyter-compatible

Programming languages

Programming languages

SQL
JS
Julia
R
Python
Jupyter languages (e.g. Python, R)

What kind of data sources can you connect to?

What kind of data sources can you connect to?

Provided file storage
Connect with Jupyter libraries (e.g. SQLAlchemy, psycopg2)

What kind of data visualization can you do?

What kind of data visualization can you do?

UI for building charts
Jupyter data visualization (e.g. Matplotlib, Altair, Plotly)

Reactivity

Reactivity

Reactivity with caveats
No reactivity, you decide the execution order

Notebook scheduling

Notebook scheduling

Notebook scheduling is built in
Notebook scheduling with additional tools

Management

Reproducibility

Reproducibility

Unknown
There is no support for reproducibility

Version history

Version history

No version history
File-based (use Git)

Collaborative editing

Collaborative editing

Multiple editors at the same time
File-based (use Git)

Comments

Comments

No support for comments
File-based (use GitHub)

Notebook organization

Notebook organization

View notebooks in a list
File-based

Licensing

License

License

Proprietary
Open-source (MIT)

Price

Price

Free tier
Pay for compute
Free

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