. I looked at some of the cheaper protoboards, at Jamesco, for example, which has "rows of three" pads a little like a breadboard. Those may make wiring a little easier, plus they sell a matching case for it. The board is very small though, 2x3 inch or something like that. I guess I can stack them together.
I had tried to assemble the components for a standalone atmega168 on Radioshack perf boards (two different kinds, the ones with copper pads around each hole, and the kind set up like a breadboard), and the traces kept separating from the board and breaking connections.
The 10 board minimum doesnt really apply with some places like http://BatchPCB.com, if youre willing to wait. Theres a 10$ minimum and $2.50 per sq in so for small simple boards its not that bad to pay something like $15 to avoid the hassle of wiring perf boards. I cant tell you how much I despise wiring perf boards or hand-etching my own pcbs! Yeah itll take a week to get through the learning curve of Eagle but once you know it, its like riding a bicycle. So I guess I would suggest if this is a one off thing that just needs to be done quickly, it's not too bad to wire up a single perf board. But if this is something you might be doing again in the future and you have the time, I would suggest looking into making your own pcbs.-B
I really don't understand why people use batchPCB.
Because people love and trust Sparkfun, other than that, I have no idea. Unless you have something small (say under 4 sq in) your likely cheaper getting someone else to make it. I use them every now and then when I need a breakout board for -that-fscking-small-weird-footprint-device-I'm-tryingout- usually this means I can get 4 breakout boards in less than 3sq in, there's no point paying someone else (or wasting a panel slot) to make 3sqin of something if I only need one set.