Visual Micro S is a powerful extension for Visual Studio that allows you to develop, debug and deploy Arduino projects with ease. Visual Micro S is compatible with all Arduino boards and libraries, and supports wireless debugging for ESP32/8266/NINA WiFi boards. In this article, we will show you how to get started with Visual Micro S and create your first Arduino project.
Step 1: Install Visual Studio and Visual Micro S
To use Visual Micro S, you need to have Visual Studio installed on your computer. You can download Visual Studio from Microsoft for free[^2^]. You can choose any edition of Visual Studio, but we recommend Visual Studio 2022 for the best experience.
After installing Visual Studio, you need to install Visual Micro S from within Visual Studio. To do this, go to Extensions > Manage Extensions and search for \"Arduino IDE for Visual Studio\". Select the extension and click Download. After the download is complete, close Visual Studio and follow the instructions to install the extension.
Step 2: Install an Arduino Compatible IDE
Visual Micro S works with any Arduino compatible IDE, such as Arduino IDE or Energia IDE. You need to install one of these IDEs on your computer to use Visual Micro S. You can download Arduino IDE from here or Energia IDE from here. Follow the instructions to install the IDE of your choice.
Step 3: Create a New Arduino Project
Now you are ready to create your first Arduino project with Visual Micro S. To do this, open Visual Studio and go to File > New > Project. Select Arduino Project from the list of templates and click Next. Give your project a name and a location and click Create.
You will see a new Arduino project in Visual Studio with a default sketch file named after your project name. You can edit this file as you would in the Arduino IDE, using the same syntax and libraries. You can also add new files or folders to your project as needed.
Step 4: Select Your Board and Port
Before you can compile or upload your project, you need to select your board and port from the Visual Micro S toolbar. The toolbar is located at the top of the Visual Studio window and has buttons for various actions related to Arduino development.
To select your board, click on the board selector button and choose your board from the list of available boards. You can also search for your board by typing its name in the search box. If you don't see your board in the list, you may need to install its core or package from the board manager.
To select your port, click on the port selector button and choose your port from the list of available ports. You should see your board name next to the port number if it is connected correctly. If you don't see your port in the list, you may need to install its driver or check its connection.
Step 5: Compile and Upload Your Project
Once you have selected your board and port, you can compile and upload your project to your board with a single click. To do this, click on the build button on the toolbar and wait for the compilation to finish. If there are no errors, you will see a message saying \"Build succeeded\" in the output window.
To upload your project to your board, click on the upload button on the toolbar and wait for the upload to finish. If there are no errors, you will see a message saying \"Upload succeeded\" in the output window. You can also use the serial monitor button on the toolbar to open a serial monitor window and communicate with your board.
Step 6: Debug Your Project
Visual Micro S also allows you to debug your project on virtually any board with a serial interface. You can use breakpoints, watch variables, step through code, chart data, monitor performance and more without any additional wiring or hardware.
To debug your project, click on the debug button on the toolbar and select Start Debugging from the menu. This will launch a debug aa16f39245