The open-source Arduino Software (IDE) allows the programmer to write code and upload it to the board in any real-time environment. It can run on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Also, the software provides cloud storage to your code which can be helpful to other users. The work environment is based on Java processing and other open-source software. This software can be used with any Arduino board.
The latest v1.8.9 of Arduino projects provides the most awaited web-builder which is a pure command-line tool. This helps take care of miss managed codes and error dependencies. It can also be used as a standalone program in a continuous integration environment.
The Arduino programming is now equipped with a new modular architecture so it can finally act as a lot of USB devices without any need of changing the core. The new subsystem has advanced the scope for the development of the new libraries. You can now plot your data in real-time, as easy as writing Serial.println(analogRead(A0)) inside your loop.
Arduino Software Benefits
- Inexpensive – Arduino boards are relatively inexpensive compared to other microcontroller platforms. The least expensive version of the Arduino module can be assembled by hand, and even the pre-assembled Arduino modules cost less than $50.
- Cross-platform – The Arduino software runs on Windows, Macintosh OSX, and Linux operating systems. Most microcontroller systems are limited to Windows.
- Simple, clear programming environment – The Arduino programming environment is easy-to-use for beginners, yet flexible enough for advanced users to take advantage of as well. For teachers, it’s conveniently based on the Processing programming environment, so students learning to program in that environment will be familiar with the look and feel of Arduino.
- Open source and extensible software – The Arduino software is published as open-source tools, available for extension by experienced programmers. The language can be expanded through C++ libraries, and people wanting to understand the technical details can make the leap from Arduino to the AVR C programming language on which it’s based. Similarly, you can add AVR-C code directly into your Arduino programs if you want to.
- Open source and extensible hardware – The Arduino is based on Atmel’s ATMEGA8 and ATMEGA168 microcontrollers. The plans for the modules are published under a Creative Commons license, so experienced circuit designers can make their own version of the module, extending it and improving it.
For library developers, like unlocked examples while developing and optional linkage into an archive. Has been improved a lot and now you can flash your AVR chip using ANY other board. Notify if a library/core can be updated with a simple popup – no more outdated code floating around!