While surfing for a great tutorial for embedded systems development in AVR-GCC website, I came across very interesting topic, so I said let’s give it a try. The post/article was about a plugin for eclipse IDE (integrated development environment) for developing AVR applications. The plug in is using avr-gcc to compile the projects so you still need to install WINAVR (I’m not sure). What is good about it is that, it can tell you about the error without compiling the code, nice code coloring, and it can suggest or predict syntax. Also you can easily configure your make file through a graphical user interface. Beside that you can directly burn your software to the chip as we will see in coming posts.
To install the plugin you’ll need to install a few things first. You’ll need eclipse IDE. Any one will work but if you are not Java developer you can download the C/C++ IDE directly. Also you will need to install CDT (C/C++ Development tool) plugin in your eclipse IDE.
By clicking on help menu and choose “Install new software”.
Then click on “Add” and put anything on the Name field. Now copy one of these links in the location field depending on your eclipse.
for Eclipse Indigo
for Eclipse Helios
for Eclipse Galileo
You may find that the link already exits, and in that case you can choose it from the dropdown menu labeled with “work with”. You can also download the plugin from here and to offline installation. After restarting you eclipse you will need to repeat the same steps to install the AVR plug in but from this link http://avr-eclipse.sourceforge.net/updatesite . Or you can download it and install it offline from here.
After restarting your eclipse you can see the AVR menu has been add to the menu bar and small AVR icon add to the development toolbar .
next post will be about using the plugin .