SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Photon Experiment Guide
Using the Particle IDE
If you've worked with Arduino or with our SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino, then you are familiar with the Arduino IDE, short for Integrated Development Environment. Particle has created their own cloud-based IDE, and they have adopted the Arduino language and syntax allowing you to move from an Arduino to the Photon and Photon RedBoard with ease.
Particle has written a great getting started guide for using their Web IDE, called Particle Build. You can read through their documentation by following the link below.
We have also written a Photon Development guide to help aid you in your experience. There are numerous ways to develop with the Photon and Photon RedBoard, and this guide covers the three most common methods: Particle Build, Particle Dev, and ARM GCC.
For the purposes of this guide, we recommend sticking to the online Particle Build IDE. However, once you feel comfortable using the Photon RedBoard, you are free to explore the other methods for development.
All of the experiments and circuits in this guide are available in our Inventor's Kit for Photon GitHub Repository, or you can download the entire repository by clicking the link below.
If you prefer to use Particle Dev, you may find having all the experiment folders in one location is much easier for development.