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ARDUBLOCK Graphical Programming Starter Kit Tutorial

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Introduction

Ardublock zero-based programming kit is a new graphical programming study kit which is based on Arduino enthusiasts and developed by keyestudio. It greatly lowers the difficulty in program learning for enthusiasts. All computer language and professional statements of a program can be simplified into blocks. Compiling is as easy as block building. Interactive with Arduino development board, they can achieve exciting works.

The open source feature of Arduino makes it extremely popular. You can find a many learning communities on the Internet. Ardublock is a graphical programming environment, just like blocks building, which greatly lowers the learning difficulty for starters. As long as you love it, everyone can play with Arduino without professional knowledge or relevant background. As for parents who stress on the education of next generation, this will be one of your best way to interact with your children.

Arduino installation and program upload

First, download Arduino development software, click below hyperlink: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/OldSoftwareReleases#1.5.x
Downloaded file is an arduino-1.5.6-r2-windows.zip compressed folder, and unzip it to your hard drive.
Double click Arduino-1.5.6 .exe. and select “I agree”.

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Click “Next”.

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And then “Install”.

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Wait for the installation to be completed, and click close.

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Below is how Arduino 1.5.6 looks like.

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Next, let’s install Arduino driver.
For different operating system, there may be slight difference in installation method. Below is an example in WIN 7.
When you connect Arduino Uno to your computer the first time, right click “Computer” —> “Properties”—> “Device manager”, you can see “Unknown devices”.

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Click “Unknown devices”, select “Update Driver software”.

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In this page, click “Browse my computer for driver software”.

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Find the “drivers” file.

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Click “Next”; select “Install this driver software anyway” to begin the installation.

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Installation completed; click “Close”.

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After driver is installed, go to “Device manager” again. Right click “Computer” —> “Properties”—> “Device manager”, you can see UNO device as below figure shows, also the Com port info.

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Following is a sketch uploading example called “Hello World!”.
First, open Arduino IDE. In this example sketch, we program Arduino to display “Hello World!” in serial monitor when it receives a specific character string “R”; also the on-board D13 LED will blink once each time it receives “R”.
First, set up board; In “Tools”, select “Arduino Uno”.

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Next, set up COM port; In “Tools”, select “COM3”.

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After selection, you can see indicated area is the same with settings in “Device manager”.

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Copy the example sketch and paste it to the IDE; click “Verify ” to check compiling mistakes; click “Upload ” to upload the program to the board.

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After uploading is done, open “serial monitor ”; enter “R”; click “Send”, the serial monitor will display “Hello World!” and the D13 LED will blink once.

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Congratulations! Your first sketch uploading is a success!

Operating video and related material download address: http://7326097.s21d-7.faiusrd.com/0/ABUIABAAGAAggfjavAUopJzsjAI?f=operating+vedio+and+related+material.zip&v=1469496323

Introduction of ArduBlock

Ardublock, developed by Shanghai Xinchejian, is a graphical programming environment software. ArduBlock is a third-party software of Arduino’s official programming environment. It can only work with Arduino software. Different from Arduino's text-based programming environment, it's in graphical form. Programming is like building blocks, which makes programming more visualized and interactive. It also greatly lowers the difficulties in programming. People with no programming experience can also compile a program for Arduino controller.
1. Installation Put “ardublock-beta-20140828”this file into the installing catalog of arduino IDE software, if no installing catalog, create one, for example, I put the file in D:\Program Files\Arduino\tools\ArduBlockTool\tool

Download Address of ardublock-beta-20140828: http://7326097.s21d-7.faiusrd.com/0/ABUIABAAGAAg56fbvAUogIzwugc?f=ardublock-beta-20140828.jar&v=1469502439

 

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