I just discovered Arduino recently. I have been researching it the past couple days, and I am wowed at the potential in it! It's amazing that I didn't discover it sooner. I do have a couple years of experience with web development, so I know languages like PHP. Consequently, I don't think it will be too difficult for me to pick up a workable amount of the language I need for programming an Arduino (Java? C/C++?). Although my imagination is going crazy, the main thing I want to build is a weather station. I would like a board for this project that fulfills two main criteria:
Functional in the cold. Being in the arctic, it could be measuring temperatures down to lower than -40°F/C. If I have to put it in a heated box, then I can work around that. But I would like to know if there is a board that would stand up to temperatures that cold occasionally.
Expandable. Since my projects with the Arduino might get large, I want to get a board that will accommodate that potential. That doesn't mean I can't buy a second board if that does end up happening, but I would like to start off with the best one for me.
What's your recommendation?