OK - no big thing for you gurus but..
I'm a PIC biggot from way back and decided to switch to AVR for 2 reasons - ok one reason mostly - AVR GCC is free and my PIC compilers cost money for every upgrade. Also, the memory structure of PICs really drives me nuts
Anyway - decided on the Mega32...(TQFP) designed a board in Eagle, had APcircuits make it (I made and sold something similar with PICs)
Assembled the 1st one last night (in the toaster oven) and tried AVR Studio to "turn on LED" it worked. Then modified,compiled and loaded the "demo.c" in the examples directory of WinAVR and got it to work.
Now the learning really starts. new architecture etc. etc. I have to rewrite my CCS C compiler routines for my interface board (LCD, 7-Segment LED, RS-232, Rotary encoder) in AVR GCC
BTW AVR GCC is not exactly easy when you don't know the processor well
Maybe I should have taken the red pill instead
Anyway thanks to all the knowledgable people on this forum - it's the level of projects and quality of participation here that gave me the inspiration to switch.