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Getting Started

One of the keys to the Arduino’s success is the minimal amount of time that it takes for a complete novice to move from opening the little box containing the Arduino interface board to having their first source code, also known as a sketch, up and running on that board.

The Arduino software development environment is free to download and use with no lengthy registration procedures or end-user agreements, and there is little to no setup to get the board running with your computer, regardless of the platform, working equally well on Mac, Linux, and Windows-based PCs. The Arduino web site at www.arduino.cc provides easy-to-follow “Getting Started” tutorials and whenever you get stuck there is always the active, ...

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