You're right that you'd need to isolate those lines while you are uploading a sketch. Once the sketch is uploaded, however, you are free to use the UART. The Serial Arduino function will let you do so.
The Microview bootloader is the Optiboot bootloader, the same as the Arduino Uno. There are instructions for uploading a bootloader to the MicroView here https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/in ... -microview
It depends on what you're going for and your audience. I try to post something to my blog weekly, whether it is one project or another, in progress or completed. For me, posting mid-project helps keep me motivated because someone else might be waiting to see the result. The mid-project updates might...
I think we may have Edison GSM and GPS blocks in the idea stages. I'll pass it along that there is interest in them!
The pins are on the underside, using a 70-pin connector. If you look at the Console Block, for example https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13039 , the Edison connects to that. You can buy a block that connects and breaks out the GPIO pins here https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13039 . You can connect ...
Part GPS-10710 is the newest version we carry of our GPS shield, and we do not yet have a version with the R3 footprint. Keep an eye on our New Products page [https://www.sparkfun.com/categories/new_products] for any new revisions that may come out.
The main difference is that the EL Escudo Dos is an Arduino shield. It's meant to stack on top of an Arduino, which is the controller brain of the setup. The EL Sequencer has an Arduino-compatible microcontroller on the board, so it does not need an external microcontroller. We have tested them with...
An Ethernet block may become a thing in the future, but I don't know about a PoE block. I'll pass along the suggestion!
There's also a ProtoShield specifically for the Pro Mini / Pro Micro boards here https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9709
Hidden or not brought up reset buttons are a big annoyance for me. When using multiple shields that all use the same pins for communication by default, changing them around can become a pain.
That's a personal annoyance, unrelated to SparkFun, by the way.
Those pins can indeed be used as digital output pins. If you are not using them for serial communication, then they can be used for digital outputs. However, uploading code via the FTDI uses those two serial pins as well. At the minimum, any extra things (LEDS, motors, etc.) connected to those two p...
So long as your computer of choice has the power to handle the Arduino and Ardublock environments -- which most are -- then either will be fine. Our tech support team at SparkFun has far more experience on PCs, and a tiny bit in Linux. Several other makers I know love their Macbooks. There are insta...