Installing Board Definitions in the Arduino IDE
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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.
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Don't forget to install any drivers required for your board:
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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:
- Arduino Core for SAMD21 CPU
- Arduino Core for mbed enabled devices
- Arduino Core for SparkFun Boards
- Arduino Core for SparkFun's Apollo3 and Artemis MCUs
- Arduino core for ESP8266 WiFi chip
- Arduino core for the ESP32