If you find the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment comfortable, you now have another way to program your Arduino boards. The "Visual Micro" plug-in for Visual Studio is now available and claims to provide 100% compatibility with Arduino IDE versions 0023 through to 1.0.2. Visually (!) it's an appealing IDE and also allows for some debugging - with a beta update you can alter Arduino variables during operation. Interesting.
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If you're new to Arduino, the first step is a solid board for your projects - our Freetronics Eleven - the Arduino-Uno compatible with low-profile USB socket, onboard prototyping space and easy to view LEDs: