micro:arcade Kit Experiment Guide

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Installing the gamer:bit Extension for Microsoft MakeCode

To make the most out of the gamer:bit with the least amount of coding, use the MakeCode extension we wrote for the gamer:bit board.


Heads up! Previously, these libraries were referred to as MakeCode packages. They are now referred to as MakeCode extensions.

If you have used Arduino before, you probably know about a thing called a library; which is a collection of code that extends the functionality of the core programming language. MakeCode extensions work the same way.

There are some amazing differences between Arduino libraries and MakeCode extensions. One of them is that MakeCode extensions include JavaScript functions, which you can use when programming in text, as well as all of the blocks you need to program using the block method. This makes learning and using new extensions straightforward and shortens the time to awesome when setting out to build the project of your dreams.

Installing a MakeCode Extension

To install or add a new extension to your MakeCode toolbox (the list of different block groups), click on "Advanced" and then on "Add Extension."

MakeCode Extensions

From here you can search for "SparkFun" or "SparkFun gamer-bit," and it should show up as a public extension in the list. Go ahead and click on it.

SparkFun Extensions

This will add all of the blocks to your toolbox. In general, this is a bit tricky as, depending on how the extension was written, it may either have its own toolbox or just add blocks to the existing ones. Take a look at your toolbox; for the gamer:bit you should see...

Screenshot gamer:bit installed

Great! You have now installed the gamer:bit extension and are ready to use the board as well as the components that come in the micro:arcade kit. As a side note, for every new MakeCode project that you make, you will have to load extensions over again. Not a big deal, but noteworthy! Now, let's put your extension to good use and get your game on!!!