Students teachers or children looking to learn more about programming and coding may be interested in a new online breadboard simulator called MakeCode for makers. Which allows you to create projects from your browser using the online simulator to virtually wire circuits on a breadboard. Simply write your code and a breadboard wiring diagram is generated for you to follow.
MakeCode’s simulator selects basic parts and generates wiring for them from the user’s program. Its creators explain a little more, “the user expresses the behaviour that they want with code, and MakeCode uses that code to configure the simulator, as well as to generate the make instructions that can be printed out. This experience is great for beginners to the Arduino style of making.” Jump over to the Makecode.com website for access to create your very first programme and virtual breadboard components.
The MakeCode simulator provides an interactive experience where buttons are clickable, servos are animated, and audio is directed through the web application. The MakeCode for maker is still under development but provides a wealth of opportunity for you to test and learn more about programming directly from your browser. However the breadboard simulator is useful to more people than just beginners, debugging program behaviour is much quicker in a simulator, so the “inner loop” of development is rapidly sped up.