Resources and Going Further
Now that you have your board definitions installed, you can start programming your board. Here are some further readings that may help you along in learning more about the world of electronics.
Looking for the right Arduino?
Check out our Arduino Comparison Guide! We've compiled every Arduino development board we carry, so you can quickly compare them to find the perfect one for your needs.
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Installing an Arduino Library
How do I install a custom Arduino library? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino library using the Arduino Library Manager. For libraries not linked with the Arduino IDE, we will also go over manually installing an Arduino library.
What is an Arduino?
What is this 'Arduino' thing anyway? This tutorials dives into what an Arduino is and along with Arduino projects and widgets.
Installing Arduino IDE
A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Installing Board Definitions in the Arduino IDE
How do I install a custom Arduino board/core? It's easy! This tutorial will go over how to install an Arduino board definition using the Arduino Board Manager. We will also go over manually installing third-party cores, such as the board definitions required for many of the SparkFun development boards.
Arduino Board Comparison Guides
Standard Arduino Comparison Guide
Arduino Comparison Guide Uno or Pro Mini? Bluetooth or wireless? When it comes to Arduinos, there are a lot of choices. We've compiled every Arduino development…
RedBoard vs. Uno
In this tutorial we discuss the differences and similarities between the RedBoard and the Arduino Uno (SMD and PTH). The development platforms
Getting Started with Arduino Shields
Arduino Shields v2
An update to our classic Arduino Shields Tutorial! All things Arduino shields. What they are and how to assemble them.
Other Arduino Shield Related Tutorials
GPS Shield Hookup Guide
This tutorial shows how to get started with the SparkFun GPS Shield and read and parse NMEA data with a common GPS receiver.
Photon IMU Shield Hookup Guide
Learn how to use the SparkFun Photon IMU Shield for your Photon device which houses an on-board LSM9DS1 system-in-a-chip that houses a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and 3-axis magnetometer.
Click the buttons above for tutorials relating to the board functionality based on topic difficulty.
Asynchronous serial communication concepts: packets, signal levels, baud rates, UARTs and more!
Learn the difference between 3.3V and 5V devices and logic levels.
Analog vs. Digital
This tutorial covers the concept of analog and digital signals, as they relate to electronics.
Data Types in Arduino
Learn about the common data types and what they signify in the Arduino programming environment.
How to Work with Jumper Pads and PCB Traces
Handling PCB jumper pads and traces is an essential skill. Learn how to cut a PCB trace, add a solder jumper between pads to reroute connections, and repair a trace with the green wire method if a trace is damaged.
An introduction to I2C, one of the main embedded communications protocols in use today.
Processor Interrupts with Arduino
What is an interrupt? In a nutshell, there is a method by which a processor can execute its normal program while continuously monitoring for some kind of event, or interrupt. There are two types of interrupts: hardware and software interrupts. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will focus on hardware interrupts.
Installing an Arduino Bootloader
This tutorial will teach you what a bootloader is and why you would need to install or reinstall it. We will also go over the process of burning a bootloader by flashing a hex file to an Arduino microcontroller.
An introduction to integrated circuits (ICs). Electronics' ubiquitous black chips. Includes a focus on the variety of IC packages.
What is a Circuit?
Every electrical project starts with a circuit. Don't know what a circuit is? We're here to help.
How to Use a Breadboard
Welcome to the wonderful world of breadboards. Here we will learn what a breadboard is and how to use one to build your very first circuit.
What is Electricity?
We can see electricity in action on our computers, lighting our houses, as lightning strikes in thunderstorms, but what is it? This is not an easy question, but this tutorial will shed some light on it!
An overview of electric power, the rate of energy transfer. We'll talk definition of power, watts, equations, and power ratings. 1.21 gigawatts of tutorial fun!
An introduction to polarity in electronic components. Discover what polarity is, which parts have it, and how to identify it.
How to Use a Multimeter
Learn the basics of using a multimeter to measure continuity, voltage, resistance and current.
Don't forget to install any drivers required for your board:
For more information regarding Arduino cores and contributing third-party cores, check out the resources below:
Issues with an Arduino Core?
For filing GitHub issues for common Arduino Cores, check out the links below: