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I need to know which technologies should I be familiar with to program for Arduino? Or knowledge of native Java will be enough?

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    \$\begingroup\$ No, Java is completely irrelevant to Arduino. \$\endgroup\$
    – us2012
    Sep 28, 2013 at 1:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about electronic design. \$\endgroup\$
    – Matt Young
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Java is largely irrelevant to Arduino programming. Running Java needs a JVM (Java Virtual Machine), which is, roughly speaking, a combination of an interpreter and a just-in-time compiler for the JVM bytecode language. This needs quite a bit of memory and computing power. I don't know much about that newer ARM-based Arduino, but my guess is that even that doesn't have nearly enough memory and power to run a JVM.

For Arduino programming, the main languages are C and C++ (or rather, a certain subset of C++).

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    \$\begingroup\$ Although the IDE is written in Java. But that's still pretty much irrelevant. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 28, 2013 at 1:23
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If you know Java then C++ (used by the arduino ide) will be very easy to pick up.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 28, 2013 at 3:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Java and C++ are marginally similar, and throwing a MCU into the mix just complicates it more. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 28, 2013 at 3:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NickAlexeev - no, it does answer the question, by pointing out that the Arduino is C++ based but that this has major similarities to Java which can be leveraged for learning. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 28, 2013 at 5:06

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