Comments: Alternative Arduino Interfaces

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  • Well… nowadays there is also Visuino . It is a visual graphical development environment for Arduino compatible boards.

  • I just got a BadgerStick from NoCo Maker Fair this past weekend. I downloaded the Codebender but I have no idea how to read code (and no time to learn at this point). Can we use the ArduBlock with the BadgerStick? I can read that better than the actual coding. I’m also assuming we can embed code from one source into another? And is there any way to save what’s on my stick when using Codebender? Every time I insert it into my laptop’s USB it wipes out what was there and does a test “Hello World” scrolling message. This is truly annoying since I lost everything that was programmed on it this past weekend (I did manage to get back my scrolling name using a tutorial on Codebender, but lost my cool exploding Death Star, arches scrolling from corner to corner, and all the lights on all at once that one of your volunteers programmed into it). On that note, I was expecting some kind of online interface like the big one you had with all the big buttons that made the graphics. Your volunteer would just push the buttons, no programming that I saw. I’m not a programmer (and never wanted to be one), so anything to help me with this BadgerStick that is simple to use would be appreciated.

    • Hey Jawa Jaka, I’ll try to address at least one of the issues you are having. The way Arduino works, and therefore the BadgerStick since it’s an Arduino device, you can’t see whatever code is already pre-loaded on the device. What you can do, is save you codes on your codebender account, and keep your various codes in your list of projects.

      This way, you’ll have a project with your exploding Death Star, another one for scrolling, etc, and you can work on a new project, while keeping your old codes safe

      P.S. I’m the founder of codebender

  • Our block-based web compiler for the Arduino is live! Learning Arduino and robotics/programming would be eased through block-programming instead of remembering syntax in the conventional Arduino IDE. http://soapboxrobotics.com/compiler/apps/files/index.html

    Check this quick tutorial out in order to get started on using our compiler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i39VjulgKc If you have an Arduino at hand, try out this cool, fresh-looking block-compiler!!!

  • I stand corrected. I got it working now. Sorry. Directions are not as clear as i wish they were, but I am using a mac. It’s not quite the same thing, but it’s ok. This is a nice program once you get it going.

  • This doesn’t make sense. How do you “create” the file or folder or whatever yare suppost to put the .jar file in? Sorry, I just don’t get it. More explaination is needed on that part.


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