Parts You'll Need for This Chapter:
CODE AND DIGITAL CONTENT FOR THIS CHAPTER
Code downloads, videos, and other digital content for this chapter can be found at www.exploringarduino.com/content/ch1.
In addition, all code can be found at www.wiley.com/go/exploringarduino on the Download Code tab. The code is in the chapter 01 download and individually named according to the names throughout the chapter.
Now that you have some perspective on the Arduino platform and its capabilities, it's time to explore your options in the world of Arduino. In this chapter, you examine the available hardware, learn about the programming environment and language, and get your first program up and running. Once you have a grip on the functionality that the Arduino can provide, you'll write your first program and get the Arduino to blink!
To follow along with a video that introduces the Arduino platform, visit www.jeremyblum.com/2011/01/02/arduino-tutorial-series-it-begins/. You can also find this video on the Wiley website shown at the beginning of this chapter.
In your adventures with the Arduino, you'll depend on three main components for your projects: