Arduino for Visual Studio and Atmel StudioFree
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.
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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.
Outstanding! Wouldn't want to make sketches without it...
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).
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".
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.
Im in the process of doing a technical review for a book about Arduino, and this sure makes things easier. I'll recommend it to the authors.
The IDE Arduino deserves
I've only played with it for about 30 minutes, but I absolutely love the the VS integration with the Arduino framework.