So…I did the set up I needed to do before I started my first Arduino project. Did I do the normal thing and download the software onto my Mac?
No. Apparently that would have been too easy and that’s not how we roll at my place? I thought it would be fun to download the software onto the Raspberry Pi, and my husband agreed.
Yeah. I wonder about us sometimes, too.
It actually worked out pretty well. It turns out that Raspbian (the operating system that we are using on the Raspberry Pi) is close enough to Debian that we got everything running like the book said it should. Well…mostly. I looked up more recent info on the Arduino website, and it looked closer to that. Still, one more in the win column, yeah?
(I’m as surprised as you are.)
We got the Arduino hooked up, opened up the Sketch program (Arduino programs are called Sketches) and uploaded the test Sketch that was supposed to make a light blink on the Arduino. And it worked! We rejoiced.
…And then we couldn’t figure out how to shut the darn blinky light off. I read ahead in the book. Nothing. We tried the reset button. Nope. Unplugging it from the system shouldn’t have done anything…and it didn’t.
Luckily, my hubby actually knows the underlying programming language that Sketches use. After a couple of tries, he managed to get the darn blinky to stop. *whew*
Now we’re all ready to dive in, right?
…And then we went to Maker Faire.