Chapter 4

Blinking an LED

In This Chapter

arrow Finding the Blink sketch

arrow Identifying your board

arrow Setting the software

arrow Uploading Blink

arrow Completing your first Arduino sketch

arrow Explaining the Sketch

arrow More Blink

Brace yourself. You are about to take your first real step into the world of Arduino! You’ve bought a board, maybe an Arduino starter kit (possibly from one of the suppliers I recommended), and you’re ready to go.

It’s always a good idea to have a clear work surface or desk to use when you’re tinkering. It’s not uncommon to drop or misplace some of the many tiny components you work with, so make sure your workspace is clear, well lit, and accompanied by a comfortable chair.

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