The Arduino is a fantastic single microcontroller based board for many DIY projects, and, in this blog, we will look at the Integrated Development Environment, or IDE, that is used to program it!
Download the IDE:-
First, you must download the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and install it. Start by visiting Arduino’s software page. The IDE is available for common OS (operating systems), including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, so be sure to download the correct version for your OS.
The Arduino IDE:-
The open-source Arduino Software (IDE) makes it easy to write code and upload it to the board. The Arduino IDE is written in the programming language Java. It originated from the IDE for the languages Processing and Wiring. The Arduino Integrated Development Environment supports the languages C and C++ using special rules of code structuring.
The Arduino IDE is incredibly minimalistic, yet it provides a complete environment for most Arduino-based projects. The top menu bar has the standard options, including “File” (new, load save, etc.), “Edit” (font, copy, paste, etc.), “Sketch” (for compiling and programming), “Tools” (useful options for testing projects), and “Help”.
The middle section of the IDE is a simple text editor that where you can enter the program code.
The bottom section of the IDE is dedicated to an output window that is used to see the status of the compilation, how much memory has been used, any errors that were found in the program, and various other useful messages.
This sometimes confuses users who think Arduino is programmed in an “Arduino language.” However, the Arduino is, in fact, programmed in C++. It just uses unique libraries for the device.
In Arduino IDE there are 6 Buttons which is used for following:-
- The check mark is used to verify your code. Click this once you have written your code.
- The arrow uploads your code to the Arduino to run.
- The dotted paper will create a new file.
- The upward arrow is used to open an existing Arduino project.
- The downward arrow is used to save the current file.
- The far right button is a serial monitor, which is useful for sending data from the Arduino to the PC for debugging purposes.
You can also use Arduino Web Editor:- https://create.arduino.cc/editor