first date with Arduino


That’s how Arduino came into my home just a couple of days ago, bringing with it a lot of stuff and claiming for some new clothes.

This  small case is very catchy  and makes you want start immediately. But once you opened  it you’re in front of a different scenario,  your first thought is to assemble all this pieces of plastic scattered everywhere,  trying to figure out what all this mess is about.

Let’s say that a real blonde first put her name on the case ( a beauty case for her), so everybody will know that Arduino is her man.

As  said before Arduino is a spoiled child and it wants to play only with his friends. I mentioned Processing but that is just a name on the long list.

Let’s start to say that for running Arduino you first have to download the software at can also find that directory from the main page at– as you’ll see there’s an Arduino version for all the Operating Systems including Linux.

For Linux Users: you have to check out if your settings are right, see you if the repository Multiverse is running and then install the packages sun-java%-jre, gcc-avr and avr-libc. Then from shell write sudo update-alternatives –config java. Download Arduino, extract the folder and keep on using the shell enter in the directory (i.e. cd Desktop) then in the folder (cd arduino-0017) and then launch the program with: sh Arduino.

What you’ll see is an ambient based on java very similar to Processing. That is where you write all the codes to communicate with Arduino,REMEMBER TO TICK THE BOX IN TOOL->SERIAL BOX, and plug Arduino by its USB.

Other Arduino’s friends you’ll need sooner or later are:

  • third hand
  • multimeter
  • soldering
  • tin
  • cable
  • metal scissors
  • cutter
  • cutting math
  • metal rule
  • glue

..and more.

Arduino’s language is very similar to Processing so I suggest you to being familiar with it to better afford Arduino .

There are good guides and books around to getting start with Arduino as: First step Some Tutorials at Arduino Notebook form Scribd.

or if you’re a paper nostalgic you can have a look at the book: Getting Started With Arduino by Massimo Banzi.

here some of my disasters: