If you are like me and think the default Arduino IDE is horrid, you need to start using Sublime Text and Stino. Sublime Text is a superb, elegant text editor (download it here: http://www.sublimetext.com/3). Stino is a plugin for Sublime Text that extends it's functionality to Arduino. With Stino, you can compile and upload projects, read and write serial data, and much, much more.
Side note: all screenshots were taken using the amCoder theme for Sublime Text (https://github.com/auiWorks/amCoder).
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Step 1: Install Package Control
Once you have Sublime Text installed, the next step is to install Package Control. Package Control is a package manager for Sublime Text.
- Go to the website: https://packagecontrol.io/installation
- Select your Sublime Text version
- Copy the installation command (import ...)
- Open Sublime Text
- Open the console (ctrl + `)
- Paste the command and hit enter
- Restart Sublime Text
Step 2: Install Stino
By default, Stino is not in the Package Control package list. You will need to add it.
- Open Sublime Text.
- Open command palette (Ctrl + Shift + P).
- Type 'Package Control: Add Repository' and hit enter.
- Paste the following link in the field at the bottom of the screen: https://github.com/gepd/Stino/tree/new-stino
- Now Package Control knows about Stino, but you still need to install it. Open the command palette again.
- Type 'Package Control: Install Package' and hit enter.
- Type 'Stino' and hit enter.
- Restart Sublime Text.
Step 3: Enjoy
You should now have a new tab called Arduino after help in the toolbar. From here, you can connect your Arduino, upload to it, and use the serial monitor to debug it.