I worked as an embedded controller engineer for the first half of my career. Now that I'm retired and had a few years to travel, I want to come back to my first love; electronics. Having read several postings here and seen how helpful everyone is, I'd like to get some guidance. I've got a ways to go getting up to speed reading about Arduino. In addition, I want to get my hands on some hardware.
- Which Arduino boards would be best to start with?
- There seems to be lots of options on programming. I eventually want to program chips without a boot loader already installed but, let's start simple: serial programmer that will connect to the USB port on my Windows PC. There seems to be more than one type:
- USBtinyISP AVR Programmer Kit (USB SpokePOV Dongle) - v2.0 is one option. $22
- AVR-ISP, STK500 $86
- Any others that would be better?
Any other advice for for a guy with lots of previous experience with electronics, programming and embedded controllers for twenty years ago?
Thanks for your help.