8 Using the Arduino Development Environment

The popularity of the Arduino ecosystem for programming electronics has been growing for the last 10 years. Arduino grew from people who believed that it should be easy (and free) to program microcontrollers, especially for nontechnical Makers. The standard hardware built by the Arduino team provided inspiration for a variety of people, from hobbyists to fashion designers.

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As the use of Arduino grew, so did both the company’s software and hardware support. On the hardware side, Arduino issued more development boards with differing capabilities, expanding the number of people interested in using ...

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