I like the idea of using the Arduino IDE for simple projects and for getting started with Arduino, but the consensus I've gotten so far is that it is for those who are new to Arduino and/or programming in general.
My understanding is that it is possible to write a C program from scratch, completely outside of the Arduino IDE, and then use a tool like AVRDUDE to upload it to an Arduino MCU. This option, albeit appealing and interesting, leaves me with a few concerns:
- What Arduino libraries would need to be imported/linked by such a "raw C" program? I assume that when an Arduino IDE-based program executes a
digitalWrite(...)it is really calling a C lib, probably provided by Arduino, under the hood. I am concerned about making sure all these "underlying libs" get included with my C program. Thoughts?
- Is anything else "lost" by flying solo and venturing outside the Arduino IDE? Any capabilities/features that I would now have to "roll my own"?