To satisfy the desire to write their own IDE, and also improve on the Arduino-supplied version, enthusiast Alex went ahead and created his own - MariaMole. It has several new features and improvements over the original, such as multiple serial monitors, allowing multiple sketches to be open in one window, different colour schemes, and the ability to easily import existing sketches and libraries. And it looks pretty snazzy, for example:
Finally Alex has made the project open source, so everyone is free to download and improve on the IDE. So click here to get started, and for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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