Before you start controlling the world around you, you will need to download the IDE, Integrated Development Environment, to program your board. The Arduino IDE allows you to write programs and upload them to your What's next board.
For Windows users
You can choose between the Installer (.exe) or the (.zip) Zip package. We suggest you use the first one that installs directly everything you need to use the Arduino Software (IDE), including the necessary drivers for your board to be detected by your PC. With the Zip package you need to install the drivers manually.
To use what's next boards you need to install what's next platform. In order to do that,
After you insert the url press the OK button
Open the board manager from Tools > Board > Boards Manager, and select the what's next platform that corresponds to your board. Add the AVR platform for turquoise, yellow, purple, green, pink, blue and red boards, the SAM platform for the orange board, and the SAMD platform for the violet board.
Once you have connected your what’s next board with your computer, install the drivers.
The first time you plug your board into a Mac, the “Keyboard Setup Assistant” will launch. There's nothing to configure, so you can close this dialogue by clicking the red button (close button) at the left top of the window.
If you downloaded the Zip package of the IDE, unzip the downloaded file. Make sure to preserve the folder structure. Now your drivers will be downloaded and installed from Internet, directly from Windows. If you have issues with the drivers automatic detect and install, you can find a local copy in the “drivers” folder inside the unzipped file structure.
There is no need to install drivers for Ubuntu 10.0.4 .In some computers, you need to setup user permissions and some udev rules.
In order to test your board, open the LED blink example program (sketch): File > Examples > 1.Basics > Blink
Have your What's Next board and USB cable near your computer? It' time to let the computer start to talk with the board! Plug the USB cable into the board and computer as well.
Select the entry in the Tools > Board menu that corresponds to your what’s next board and, select the serial device corresponding to your board from the Tools > Serial Port menu.
Now, simply click the “Upload” button on the IDE. Wait a few seconds, you should see the RX and TX LEDs on the board flashing. If the upload is successful, the message “Done uploading” will appear in the status bar on the IDE.
A few seconds after the upload finishes, you should see the onboard LED on pin 13 start to blink.
If it does, congratulations! You have your what's next board up-and-running. Next try to change the delay number in the parentheses, upload again, and do you see a difference in the blink pattern?
Now that you have installed, set up and tested your board, you are ready to give shape to your ideas! There are many more beginner circuits with lights, sounds, and motors that you can create using breadboard diagrams paired with an example of code. Remember to examine the built-in and libraries examples, and ask questions. If you are looking for inspiration you can find a great variety of Tutorials and Examples.