In this video, we look at jumping up from the standard Arduino IDE and take a stab at programming use Microsoft’s Visual Studio Community Edition 2017 and third-party extension Visual Micro. We also look at how to put our code under source code control using GitHub. Some of the tools we use:

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Michael Parks, P.E. is an engineer and security researcher at Green Shoe Garage, a custom electronics design studio located in Southern Maryland. He also blogs (and occasionally podcasts) at Gears of Resistance, a site dedicated to raising public awareness of technical and scientific matters. Michael is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland and holds a Master’s degree in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Most importantly he gets to be a dad to his daughter Hailey.