The humble switch is one of the major ways that users can interact with Arduino based code. Often the input comes from some variation of the momentary-on push switch, like the tact switch on the left, connected to an input on the microcontroller.
Users of modern GUIs will be familiar with being able to express themselves through a keyboard and a mouse. So user interface elements like double-clicks, long clicks and keyboard auto-repeat are familiar.
However, a lot of microcontroller code simply restricts the use of these switches to on/off functionality. Arduino programmers often don’t understand how to provide more features, even though a single switch can be made to do much more for a user.
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