- MPLAB X is a much better editor than Arduino IDE (search/replace, etc. far better!)
- You can now debug (in hardware) a chipKIT sketch using MPLAB X's powerful debugger
- You can migrate your prototype sketch into MPLAB X and continue production level development there
- Cause who wouldn't want yet another IDE for chipKIT!
Download and install a relatively recent version of MPLAB X (the latest, at this point is 3.60), go to the Tools->Plugins->Available Plugins tab, and tick the box next to "chipKIT Importer Plugin", then click "Install".
There is complete online help text available. Read about the two different ways you can import (copy and leave in place) since they're subtly different and it's important to understand the difference.
This plugin comes with a pretty nice serial monitor that you can use to talk to your chipKIT board after you've programmed it.
You can build for normal bootloading over serial (and you can run the pic32prog bootloader application with one button click from within MPLAB X) or for debugging using a hardware debugger like PICKit3, RealIce, or ICD3.
It's pretty sweet to single step through your Arduino sketch and use the debugger to examine variables and set break points. Finally, a really powerful way to debug complex code for chipKIT.
The chipKIT dev team is very excited about this plugin, and we hope that you find it useful and fun. Please let us know if you have any trouble or questions about it.