Note This is a web-version of a tutorial chapter embedded right into the XOD IDE. To get a better learning experience we recommend to install the desktop IDE or start the browser-based IDE, and you’ll see the same tutorial there.

Welcome to XOD, Maker!

Screenshot of 001-hello

In XOD, we do not use text to code; we use visual objects instead.

This large gray area with boxes is your program. It’s called a patch. Patches are like documents or source files in other systems.

Several related patches form a project. Currently you are working on a project named welcome-to-xod.

Exercise #

Let’s learn how to navigate a project.

  1. On the left-hand side, you will find a list of patches grouped by a project or library name. The list is called a Project Browser. The first item in it is welcome-to-xod. Expand the project by clicking on it.

  2. As you can see, the tutorial consists of many patches. Right now, you are in the patch 001-hello. The next chapter of the tutorial is in the patch 002-simulate. Double-click it, and let’s meet there!

👆 Web hints #

If anything goes wrong or you have no idea what to do, we have hints for every patch on the web.

Alternative tutorial #

If you want to learn programming microcontrollers with XOD by making a smart and pretty looking tabletop device, check out the Amperka Colony Kit.

Colony Kit from Amperka

It contains a microcontroller, sensors, actuators, and a paper guide with an exciting story inside.

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