Don't judge it until you try it. It looks like a good starting point for many projects if you can afford it.
Looks like total overkill for adding a couple PIR sensors to tell when your cat is at the door waiting to come in.
Personally I think the mbed platform - http://mbed.org/ - is more interesting if more performance is needed.
With my wife's laptop just died and she using mine, I would have to jump on some linux ship. Cr0sh, what version of linux do you recommend for a beginner. What I hate about unix is the need to know so many commands that I don't use everyday. I want something easy to use with good GUI.
Someone mention cat doors and overkill?
I found most IDEs unnecessarily complicated for most people trying to learn a bit of programming just for fun. Even eclipse is pretty heavy. I want turbo C where you can type up a program and hit compile and run.
I totally agree with you that vs is good for the right job in the right hand. As a hobby programmer with almost 30 years of experience among various languages, I found most IDEs unnecessarily complicated for most people trying to learn a bit of programming just for fun. Even eclipse is pretty heavy. I want turbo C where you can type up a program and hit compile and run. Frankly how many people have projects longer than a couple hundred of lines and would benefit from a complex IDE? Not many on arduino forum. Think "learning curve". If you programmed professionally,even for three years, you would not like how arduino IDE looks like. But how many arduinoists are professional programmers?BTW, I hate typing on ipad. It is not fast enough for my type speed. I need a computer right now!!!