A complete Arduino development system for Visual Studio Pro. Arduino intellisense, compile. Compatible with all Arduino versions (current 1.5.5-r2). Also supports Clones, Teensy, ChipKit Energia msp430 and lm4f in beta, optional usb/serial/net debugger for Arduino.
Now this is a great tool for debugging those tiny processors almost as good a the big ones. It needs some getting used to, but don't give up, in 30 minutes you will wonder how you ever debugged before looking at blinking leds to tell you what's going on. Just look at the how 2's on youtube.
I have been using Arduino IDE for ages, and it has served me well so far. But after a few thousands lines of code per sketch, it becomes hard to keep track of all your functions. If not anything else, imagine the scrolling! That's where Visual Micro comes to the rescue. As it says, it's an addon that enables you to write code for arduino in other IDEs, in my case, Visual Studio 2013 Pro. It works like a charm! If you have ever used Visual Studio, you know how good tool it is. Now imagine using all it's features for making sketches for arduino! It also supports debugging that you should really check out. Did I mention that it also uploads your sketches? Well it does that as well! For me, it has one and only one downside, and that is the popup window that alerts you that you have included spaces in the name of your sketch in the process of making a new project. Then you have to close it and do it all over again. This should really be automated just like in Arduino IDE. But this is unnoticeable when you see the power of using an IDE like Visual Studio for programming. All thanks to Visual Micro. And it's free! A huge thanks to developers!
Awesome and very first class add-on, makes developing for Arduino seem more of a professional platform and less of a hobbyists toy. The support is outstanding and very fast, and updates and fixes happen regularly. The extra cost to upgrade this to include the debug feature is the best value for the money I have seen in a long time. I found this indispensable after trying for only a few minutes. Very much recommended for programming your Arduino, ATTinys and similar. Thanks to Tim at Visual Micro for making this available.
A very good replacement for the Arduino IDE (which is basically only a text editior). I like especially the Serial Monitor (which doesn't have to be restarted everytime you upload code - like in Arduino IDE).
It would be really necessary to make this available for Libelium Waspmote.
Excellent product and SUPER support! I used it to help develop my last project and it made it too easy (if that is possible). No more Serial.println statements sprinkled around the source trying to debug. Lightning fast re-compiles. This should be included by default in all Atmel Studio downloads!
Even though the Arduino itself is a great piece of hardware and software, one of its weak points is the IDE. Every "serious hobbyist" fastly gets to the limits of this very simplistic IDE, which is not much more than a "notepad with a build button". Arduino for Visual Studio enhances the Arduino experience by offering the whole power of a professional IDE. The debugging options of the upcoming new version of Arduino for Visual Studio will make troubleshooting a lot easier. Arduino for Visual Studio is a must for everybody except abolute novices and is highly recommended! 7 of 5 stars!
I've been using the plugin with VS2008 and have now upgraded to VS2012. The plugin is highly recommended - not least beacuse it leverages off all the VS functions like intellisense but also because I can switch between my other projects in c++ and c#. I can re-use code and also make integration across platforms much easier. I'm developing home automation systems using embedded micros networked to desktop machines.
If you're doing work with Arduino, THIS is the plugin you need - Period. Full Stop.
Coding in the Arduino IDE is like coding on the toilet in a hotel room in a foreign country; by contrast, using this plugin is more like coding from a chaise lounge while sipping a piña colada in your back yard which is just steps from the ocean.
Arduino is a micro-controller with I/Os, serial and I2C buses. Development is done in C++ and heavily relies on libraries.
If the standard IDE provided by Arduino and based on Processing offers out-of-the-box and instant gratification, hides all the complexities behind a neat interface and does "just work", it lacks some nice features any evolved project requires.
Here comes the Arduino 1.0 for Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 with all the niceties of the Visual Studio interface. It requires the previous installation of the Arduino IDE to use all the libraries and the AVR tool-chain, so it ensures full compatibility of the code between both IDEs.
The features I use the most are: code sense, parameter tool tips, code snippets, objects browser and refactoring. Once tried, there's no way back to the standard IDE!
A forum is alive and the Visual Micro is responsive.