There are loads of great development platforms out there, but some of the most popular are the Arduino boards. Arduinos have become increasingly popular because of their user-friendly IDE, a huge support system with tons of example code, and their simplicity of use. Arduino is a great gateway board to get started with embedded electronics and can also be used in complex projects. Today we have a great beginner video if you're just starting to explore the world of Arduino. Check it out:
This video will guide you through setting up your Arduino with your PC or Mac. Oddly enough, this might be the most confusing part of using Arduino - the basics of getting started. So Dave Stillman (of product post fame) breaks it down step-by-step. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments below. Enjoy!