Debugging Tutorial for Arduino
The following tutorial is a step-by-step walkthrough that introduces you to the powerful
features of Visual Micro Debugging.
As a prerequisite, we assume that you have Visual Micro installed
and that you have already successfully uploaded a sketch to your board.
The tutorial makes most sense, if you execute the steps shown here by yourself.
Therefore, we will set up a test sketch. Follow these steps:
- Please open an "empty" Visual Studio or Atmel Studio.
To make sure that Visual Micro works as described
in this tutorial,
this documentation page and
make sure all program settings are set to their defaults as indicated with the icon.
(The tutorial requires no special settings,
but we want to make sure that the defaults are set correctly everywhere)
- Make sure that Visual Studio/Atmel Studio is
set to the "Debug" configuration, by setting this toolbar control to "Debug":
Debugging is only controlled by the Debug/Release
configuration, if vMicro > Debugger > Automatic Debug is
switched on (recommended!)
- Make sure the Output Window is open and
visible. Choose View > Output in the menu.
Click on the "pin" symbol at the right border of the output window to
make it permanently visible:
Now you should see the Micro Boards toolbar in the toolbar
This tutorial uses an existing Arduino example, therefore...
- Click on the
in the Arduino Boards toolbar
- Click on the "Examples" tab, then open the
"Digital" node and click on "BlinkWithoutDelay"
In the following message box, choose "Open Copy".
The "BlinkWithoutDelay" examples opens, which will be your test object in the course of this
Now your Visual Studio/Atmel Studio is prepared for the tutorial.
The tutorial is divided into separate sections.
The first sections concentrate on the most basic functions, and the later
sections will introduce more powerful features. It's up to you, if you work
through all the sections, or if you concentrate on the more basic functions.
Every section is about a certain aspect of debugging.
Continue with part 1: What breakpoints
are good for