In late 2014 I tried to find a solution for 3 tasks:
- Compile sketch for ARM using command line;
- Upload firmware binary to Arduino Due (ARM) using gui or cli;
- Make RFduino work in any IDE, excluding lame Arduino IDE.
And found nothing!
Arduino IDE provides cli interface, but only few commands.
Many of these tools introduce new build systems instead of supporting existing ones. Third party hardware specification is not supported.
GUI IDE is totally different thing. When you are writing a big project, you'll need to build arduino code along with site pages or backend, mobile applications. Not so many IDEs allow doing this in usable manner.
I've tried embedXcode, Stino for Sublime Text, Eclipse Arduino plugin, but wasn’t satisfied. In most cases Arduino sketch compilation is supported, but if you have multiple projects/architectures, changing boards is painful.
So, I decided to start my own project. cuwire is an opensource attempt to build better microconroller IDE. On the current milestone, only Arduino sketches are supported. When project matures other build systems will be added. As for now, many hardware platforms are added and tested, test suite has proved reliability by example sketch compilation.
- IDE code completion;
- Board images with pin functions;
- Library management;
- Platform management;
- Debugger support.