> Is the mbed device is capable of being programmed with Rowley's Crossworks or similar > IDE that uses a generic FT2322R target interface?
No, the only mechanism for programming mbed is to drop a binary onto the flash drive. > I realize the whole point of mbed and its awesomeness is the online compiler and drag & > drop flashing, and I certainly plan to make use of that initially. However I might like to> move up to the hobby version of Crossworks once I get more comfortable with things. > Although I would not expect you folks to directly support that approach, it would be cool > if the hardware is at least capable of using offline compilers and/or flash utilities.
As you point out the advantages of mbed are the libraries, online compiler and drag and drop programming. Moving to an offline compiler and wanting to use a serial bootloader takes away these key benefits. If you are looking to use an offline compiler and conventional programming methods, there are lots of offline compilers and development boards available, and they might be more appropriate.
>What development tools do you guys use to develop the API & firmware used with the mbed device?
The mbed libraries and APIs were written using the online compiler, and the interface chip firmware was developed using uVision from Keil.
You can still use an offline compiler if it can produce a binary image (not .elf or .hex). Just use drag&drop+reset to reflash the device instead of JTAG or serial interface.
One thing that is possible with JTAG and not (currently) with online IDE is interactive debugging.
how can i secure a copy this win xp service pack 3 compatible mbed offline compiler...;}
I've been having difficulties with the online compiler so I improvised. What I did was install uVision4 and created a windows batch file to copy to mbed. The compiler will automatically call the batch file to move the bin to the mbed once the compile has completed. I used the example project that was posted on the forum for uVision and just setup the mbed folder in the project to update from SVN. It's alot quicker to develop this way and the libraries are always kept up to date with the online system. Just click compile and hit the reset button and the new program runs.
Has anyone been able to use the CrossWorks compiler for programs originating in MBED?
I enjoy using the online compiler however I am finding it increasingly difficult to develop without all of the "jump to definition" and decent compiler errors that are supplied with CrossWorks.
Official page about the offline toolchains for mbed:
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mbed, the fastest way to prototype with ARM based microcontrollers.
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