Getting started with the Arduino IDE

The Arduino IDE is a cross-platform application developed in Java that can be used to develop, compile, and upload programs to the Arduino board. On launching the Arduino IDE, you will find an interface similar to the one displayed in the following screenshot. The IDE contains a text editor for coding, a menu bar to access the IDE components, a toolbar to easily access the most common functions, and a text console to check the compiler outputs. A status bar at the bottom shows the selected Arduino board and the port name that it is connected to, as shown here:

Getting started with the Arduino IDE

What is an Arduino sketch?

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