vimino: Vim and arduino command line

If you’re an arduino folk who has no regards for the Java IDE, then upgrade your life now.

Benifits with vimino (Vim + ino):

1) Using Vim to write arduino code, ofcourse with syntax highlight

2) Using Vim keymap to compile and upload the hex file to Arduino board (using inotool)

Steps to perform:

1) Download the vim syntax file from here

2) Move the downloaded arduino.vim file to ~/.vim/syntax/arduino.vim

3) Create a file ~/.vim/ftdetect/arduino.vim and add the following line

autocmd BufNewFile,BufReadPost *.ino,*.pde set filetype=arduino

4) Install the arduino IDE distribution(for libraries & tools, we are not going to use IDE for sure) and picocom

5) Install ino by either pip install ino  or easy_install ino . This package is required to compile and upload your sketches.

6) Open your ~/.vimrc file and add the following line at the end:

map <buffer> <F3> :<Esc>:w<CR>:!clear<CR>:!ino build<CR>:!ino upload<CR>: <Ins> <CR>

save and exit.

This will map your<F3> key to build and upload from inside Vim environment.

7) Now follow the steps given at inotool.org/quickstart to test your first blinky code.

NOTE:  To use <F3> keymap, open the source file from project’s root directory. For example,

vim src/sketch.ino

Now connect your arduino uno hardware and press <F3> to enjoy.

You will be thrilled to notice that how much time and effort it saves to test your sketches.

Tested on Ubuntu 12.10