How to program the ESP8266 WiFi Modules with the Arduino IDE (Part 1 of 2)

I have recently started exploring an ESP8266 based development board I had sitting around. There is a growing number of firmware and development tools for the board, but as I am familiar with the Arduino IDE and syntax, I decided to give it a shot first.  If you are familiar with Lua, you might be more comfortable checking out the NodeMCU project. Those guys created an open source hardware development board around the ESP8266 MCU with included USB interface for easy programming and power and custom firmware and development tool-chain to program the ESP8266…continue reading →