Arduino is a novel piece of software that helps you to write code for microcontroller and microprocessors on a Windows, Mac or Linux machine and upload it to your favorite board. These Arduino boards are completely compatible with the Arduino software and provide an effective means to create programs to control your own robots or any other automatic equipment.
The main reason of using Arduino is that it makes it super easy to write code in any platform, using its own software and upload it to their own boards that are perfectly in sync with the software. Therefore, you save a lot of effort to make your code work with varieties of vendors and their boards.
- It gives you installers for Windows, which comes in two varieties, that is, Admin and Non-Admin.
- There is a separate installer for Mac OS X supporting Lion and newer versions.
- The installer for Linux machines comes in two varieties, that is, 32 bit and 64 bit systems. The installer works across all flavors of Linux OS, majorly.
Arduino is completely open source and is open for redistribution, development and addition from other sources. It majorly consists of APIs that works in sync with all of its boards regardless of their make and model.
- The community provides hourly build to Arduino that covers bug fixes and other additions contributed by them voluntarily. The current release is Arduino 1.6.x and is always under hourly update.
- You can also download the previous releases, that is, the classic Arduino 1.0 or Arduino 1.5.x version.
The source code is hosted on GitHub and is under active development by the community. You also have the instructions to build the code from the source code on the website. This is recommended only for developers who want to modify certain aspects of the build.
There are a large number of things to get started with, like the resources at their website. They are divided into four categories, that is, Getting Started, References, Playground and Examples. If you want to start learning Arduino, you can always find help from their Forum and rich community support, even from third parties. They also have a complete section dedicated to Support from actual developers.
Arduino boards are pre-designed microcontroller and microprocessor boards with many other features. Arduino is the software intended to work with them.
Changes on the new version: ARDUINO 1.8.2 [ide] * Fix command line: works again with relative paths (regression) * Update arduino-builder to 1.3.24 to avoid name clashing for libraries * Allow BoardManager to fetch FreeBSD tools * Serial monitor: the input string box is automatically focused when window is selected [core] * Add Atmel-ICE and JTAGICE3 programmers for AVR chips * Move SAM platform to its own repository (https://github.com/arduino/ArduinoCore-sam) - all PRs and issues have been moved as well
ARDUINO 1.8.1 - 2017.01.09 [ide] * Fixed font rendering not anti-aliased on Windows (regression) * Increased number of colors on serial plotter to 8 [libraries] * Fixed regression in SD library.