Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Better Arduino IDE?

Everyone pretty much agrees that although the Arduino IDE is simple to use, for professional programming it's just not up to par with mainstream code editors.

I've used Notepad++ for several years as my editing environment of choice, for html, css, php, etc.

Would it be possible to use Notepad++ for Arduino Sketch editing? Well as it is, yes, but there's no syntax highlighting, extension recognition, or easy way to upload sketches to the Arduino (a macro that executes "C:\Program Files\Arduino\arduino.exe" $(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)).

All that and more can be done, with a few tweaks of the environment, and a plugin.

Follow the instructions at

http://sriramiyer.net/blog/2014/02/12/using-notepad-plus-plus-instead-of-the-arduino-ide/

then  download the plugin at http://sourceforge.net/projects/narduinoplugin/ and follow the instructions in the README file.