Breadboard Arduino

hey guys, looking to buy the arduino but had some questions first. Is it easy to make the chip standalone on a breadboard? I’ve seen other posts about it and it looks relatively easy, but all the program information is stored right? As in power gets shut off but turned back on the program will start back up again? Thanks guys.

Yep, it should work fine. You just need a regulated power supply and the 16 MHz clock (and capacitors) - and a reset button, if you want.

http://www.uchobby.com/index.php/2007/07/01/ardunio-breadboard/

He breadboarded it here. He used a usb to ttl cable from: http://www.moderndevice.com/ which is where he also got the chip with the bootloader pre programmed.