I am a father of two wonderful young daughters which I will be introducing to the world of tinkerers/makers, but that requires educating myself along the way as I am a complete newcomer - so to help me jump start the journey a question for Gordon and everyone else reading this:
Could you list the software, hardware ,services , sites in your tinkerer development stack?
Be great and sincerely thank you.
That's great news!
Pretty much all the software I use is free - although I pay for Eagle CAD (as a maker doing small stuff it'll be free for you though). It's also multiplatform usually so most software should be available on other platforms
Hope that helps!
Let me suggest to you the Hercules terminal application also. It supports Serial, UDP and TCP/IP Client and Server communication.
This could be a very useful list for many of us!
Couple of alternatives, also multi-platform and free or free for hobbyist
Software - Visual Studio Code code/text editor
Hardware - For 3D. Fusion 360. Tried a few and very easy to get along with.
In addition, powerfull text file editor Notepad++. It can work with local files as well as with file servers over FTP and SFTP.
@Ollie, Are you using Visual Studio to build Espruino? If so, could you give some setup info?
@CanyonCasa no, VS Code is the cut down editor, which I think is very good in general, I sometimes use it with a serial application that watches the file and loads it - like what Espruino tools does.
Thank you for the responses! I am installing Fusion 360 as it will be a free option for me. Did 'Eagle CAD' get re-branded - this is the site for it https://cadsoft.io yes?
Yes, it's cadsoft.io - looks like they've rebranded :)
Software: VS Code as IDE, iTerm as terminal set up something like this (OS X), Sketchup for 3D modeling, Espruino's CLI, and (shameless plug) my new plugin for Rollup
Hardware: Hakko FX888D soldering station
Services: GitLab/GitHub for projects, Netlify for hosting of static sites
Sites: Espruino's reference and forum of course, Hackaday for inspiration, Adafruit for inspiration and guides, Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites for answers, FindChips for finding chip retailers and prices, eBay for cheap parts from Asia
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