Developers, makers and hobbyists that enjoy using the Arduino platform and the latest release of the Arduino IDE, will be pleased to know that the IDE releases have now changed from nightly builds to hourly.
After two year of nightly builds the new Arduino hourly builds are still fully automated every time an update is generated and are available to quickly fix issues and bugs as well as rollout new features, but even quicker than the previous nightly builds
The Arduino website explains :
“The Arduino IDE is a collection of modules written in different programming languages and available for three operating systems: Windows, Mac OSX and GNU/Linux.
Every time you download the Arduino IDE, you are actually downloading the result of a careful packaging process, intended to make the download as small as possible and to give you the easiest possible out-of-the-box user experience.The process is fully automated and it’s repeated every time we publish a new feature, or we fix a bug you helped us find, or we merge code you contributed.
The resulting IDEs are called Nightly Builds: they contain the latest and greatest (and, possibly, buggiest) from the Arduino IDE.We started delivering Nightly Builds about two years ago as a way to ease your life in giving us feedback: you don’t need to be a developer to try a Nightly.
You may have read replies to github issues saying something like “Your issue has been fixed. It will be available with the next nightly build“.But sometimes nightly is just not enough, because you can’t wait to try what we coded following your suggestions or to see your contribution becoming available to everyone.
So welcome Hourly Builds!” By the time we push new code for the Arduino IDE, it will take at most an hour for the build to be ready to be downloaded and tried. This will allow a much more fluent conversation and prompt feedback when solving issues and implementing new features.”
For more information on the new Arduino hourly builds jump over to the Arduino website for details via the link below. You might also be interested in building an Arduino wind speed meter which offers an easy way to start tracking the strength of the wind in your area in mph
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