Getting Up and Blinking with the Arduino

Parts You'll Need for This Chapter:

Arduino Uno

USB cable


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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!

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Exploring the Arduino Ecosystem

In your adventures with the Arduino, you'll depend on three main components for your projects:

  • The Arduino board itself
  • External hardware (including both shields and hand-made circuits, which you'll explore throughout this book)
  • The ...

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