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  1. TI and Microchip are seriously going to have to throw some money at these `***ino` clone IDE’s.

    Though I’ve not looked at the Energia IDE, I have dabbled with the Pinguino and Maple IDE’s and while noble, these are still nowhere near the stability of the Arduino IDE and the support for newbies on their forums is really quite patchy (“You do it and update the Wiki” – responses are a quick turn off to newbies!).

    Schools and colleges (unlike universities) don’t want to be lumbered with highly complex development systems as this is a big turn-off for young kids who want to see instant results. I’m sure if I had to start with gcc+emacs+linux or the Xilinx toolchain as opposed to Sinclair Spectrum Basic I would never have moved into the career I’m in. Arduino provides this early start and support so you can bootstrap yourself up to bigger toolchains as you get more confident.

    TI should ensure this gets its full support (as Microchip should do with the Pinguino) or the next generation of engineers will be developing in AVR or ARM.

    1. I too like the original Arduino IDE, but I have to say that the support I’ve gotten for Energia on the 43oh.com forum has been truly great. I’ve used it successfully so far to port a few simple data acquisition sketches from the “real, true” Arduino and with a couple of pin changes to accommodate the differing hardware, these sketches have built and run on OSX, Win 7 and Linux. With a board cost of under $5, reasonably competent CPU in say the 2553, and good forum support, I see this platform becoming really successful in the hobbyist/tinkerer market.

  2. Thanks for the tip, I’m always on the look out for a better mouse trap ;-)

    Strange I’ve not heard of the Chipkit32 even though I have been working on (8-Bit) PIC’s for several years and own a couple of Digilent FPGA development boards!

    I’ll give the forum a read, the hardware looks to be similar the pinguino PIC32 system from Olimex, I wonder if I can just re-flash another boot-loader into it and give it a try…

    1. Digilent spent time altering the Arduino/Processing IDE to make it multiplatform. There’s already all the hooks in there to fit other processor types in. The Digilent version supports both Arduino and the Uno32/Max32 based stuff.

      The biggest issue I’ve encountered is ensuring that libraries don’t make bad assumptions about the underlying hardware.

  3. Great! I can finally try out the lauchpad. I’ve been having problems in getting the Ti official IDE

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