The Arduino IDE isn’t the greatest.
It lacks a number of features programmers come to expect from an editor.
It’s also makes it hard to unit test your code.

Chris McClellan is a software Craftsman at Pillar Technology who has been working to solve some of these problems.

This month we’ll test drive a LED driver and, in the process, learn about the AVR microcontrollers and tool chain that Arduino is built on top of.


CARPE is a group of people who love to play around with hardware. From automated chicken coops to robot safe cracking to thermal imaging, we love it all. Join us to tinker, learn, hang out and have a good time.

• What we’ll do – Play with hardware, learn about hardware, hang out with cool people who love hardware.

• What to bring – Anything you want related to hardware. Personal projects, questions, tools, etc.

• Important to know – This is NOT just a meetup for people who have years of experience working with hardware. This is a meeting for anyone and everyone who is interested. Do you have zero experience but are curious? Come and learn. Do you have a lifetime of experience? Come and share that with others. Young and old alike are welcome. Pizza and Beer for everyone!