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By lucasromeiro
rudy wrote:I also want a better environment than the Arduino IDE. I want to easily see underlying code, functions. Currently with the Arduino IDE is is a real pain to follow it back.

Since I'm not a programmer, I'm not familiar with what a professional developer IDE offers. Unfortunately I have not had the time to take a serious look into any non-Arduino IDEs.

Since I am only doing this for myself, nothing commercial, I am open to options with a free hobbyist license. Currently I have Visual Studio Community 2017 on one of my computers, but also have not had time to figure out how it all works.

I think many want a better IDE.
I'm one of them.
I recently met the VSCode with platform.IO.
I am searching and waiting for my new computer to arrive to be able to install!
I read lots of positive information about it !!
It looks very good.

But it's good to hear other people and discuss about it, they may have better options.

It's the purpose of the post.

Try using the VSCode with the extension platform.IO. It is free!

Tell me what you think!
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By lucasromeiro
QuickFix wrote:I feel what you mean: I'm a Delphi (the Windows version of Pascal) developer by profession and I too miss the fancy gadgets "A real IDE" has in something like the Arduino IDE.
On the other hand: a cheap version of Delphi is somewhere in the region of $1500 while Arduino is free, so I understand it has to come from somewhere.

I've had a quick look at the Visual Studio solution a couple of months ago, but I remember reading that some very useful things (like flashing the ESP, monitoring the debug serial, ...) cannot be done from within the IDE and you have to resort to work-arounds.
In the end I lost interest (maybe also because I don't like VS that much) and moved on.

But that doesn't mean using VS is a bad choice (after all: I am biased). ;)

Hello, have you tried using the extension platform.IO?
I have read that it is a great option.
I know that adaptation is time-consuming. I'm scared!
From the adaptation process.
But it will be better to have more tools at your disposal.
Even more for large projects.
Facilitates purification and organization.
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By kenn
#79712 I've been doing some Arduino and ESP development in the Visual Micro add-on for Visual Studio (community edition) and it's definitely more "pro" than the Arduino IDE, while still as easy to build and deploy with. I may even cough up US$65 for the licence.
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By McChubby007
#79715 I very quickly ditched the Arduino IDE and went to Eclipse IDE which will work for Arduino family, ARM and esp8266. I use the Sloeber plugin for esp8266. Flashing & serial monitor are integrated into Eclipse. I also use it for my Linux development and so it is a one stop shop for all my development which is ideal. Like anything an IDE is a personal choice and you will find that some people don't like Eclipse. There are many online guides on install & configuring it, however Sloeber does it all for you.