The MPIDE provides an out-of-the-box, ready-to-use, instant-rewarding, stable and easy IDE to build projects on both chipKIT and Arduino platforms.
But because chipKIT boards offer much more power in MHz, I/Os, memory, IMHO they deserve a more powerful IDE with all the modern niceties.
I've been looking around; here's what I've found so far:
- full plug-ins like Visual Micro for Visual Studio or AVR tool for Eclipse
- Makefile, here, here and there but with many stability issues hard to solve because of that specific cryptic language,
- Command-line Arduino IDE like the Ino project, which simulates the Arduino IDE pre-process and avoid the horrendous makefile.
As all Mac users, Xcode is installed and ready to run on my MacBook. Before that, Xcode requires some settings, either a standard project or a template â€”or even minimal template. Templates from Xcode 3 are not upward compatible with Xcode 4 .
What do you think? What features to consider?