Thanks to Aaron for writing in to share this tutorial with us!
Several months ago, I went to promotional conference for a microcontroller on a whim. I’d heard about it the night before, and after some investigation I found out I could get a free development board out of it. Did somebody say free??? Yeah, that’s me. So I got the board and promptly did nothing with it, because electronics development chains are still the apple of Windows’ eye (see what I did there?)
Anyway, if you want to develop for a Nordic nRF52 Dev Kit on a Mac, I’m going to show you how to setup your machine, how to start a quick project, and load it onto the board.
There are 3 steps we’re going to go through:
Getting the development tools installed
Getting and updating the SDK
Building and installing an example project.
My hope is that this is enough to get anyone developing for the board. I won’t be covering debug tools (because I haven’t figured out how to yet) or more general programming things like How do I write a Makefile?, or How do I utilize the SoftDevice to get Bluetooth? I probably don’t know the answers to these questions, but this is what’s worked for me*.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.