While a tutorial on MINDSTORMS® programming is outside of the scope of this document, there’s a few basic things which we’ll need to know in order to get started.

As was first mentioned in the second chapter, both programming environments for the MINDSTORMS® EV3 and NXT can be freely downloaded from LEGO® by clicking on the link here: http://www.lego.com/en-us/MINDSTORMS/downloads.

While the differences between the two programming environments is largely cosmetic, it’s worth mentioning that the steps involved in connecting the LEGO®programming environment to the simulator will vary slightly between platforms.

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