I'm new to microcontrollers. The AVR and Bascom were suggested as good starting points. This leads to three basic questions.
1) Programmer - lots to choose from ranging from direct parallel port to dev boards. What's a good starting point?
2) MCS Electronics (makers of BASCOM) has seemingly disappeared. The web site has not been available since I started into this area of electronics (a week or so). Emails to them are also not getting through. Are they gone?
3) I downloaded a demo version from somewhere else. It has a 2k limit - wouldn't seem like a problem. What concerns me is that some of the samples that simply write a few characters to LCD take up over 800 bytes of flash. Am I going to hit the 2k wall as soon as I try to do something more than light an LED and read a switch?
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. My eleven year old son is interested in things like robotics and sensor projects and I think the AVR with BASCOM would be within his reach.