The Arduino
First Posted April 15, 2012

    The Arduino is a very interesting idea.  Up until this time, I have pretty much ignored this thing.  Why?  Well, it seemed silly to me.  Why would I want to use something that in many ways dumbs down the programming of micro controllers.  I mean, I write my own operating systems for micro controllers.  For the most part, it appeared that the Arduino makes it easy for neophyte to blink LEDs.  Well, after looking at the Arduino at the urging of a friend of mine, I realized I had a few misconceptions about the arduino.

    1.  The Sketch files are very similar to writing code in C or C++.  What is good about this is that it gives the new user a simple introduction to real programming.

    2.  If you really want to do some real programming, you can still do that.  The Libraries are written in C++, and you can do anything you want in this library code (well, within reason).

    3.  The arduino may open new opportunities.

    What I found interesting is that the Arduino environment is based on Wiring.  And I also noted that there is no reason why it needs to be locked to the AVR.

    What I want to do is make my two new synth boards compatible with the Arduino environment.  This might not be easy.

    Arduino Resources on the Web

    Lady Ada
    Official Arduino Site