I got the project (chapter 11) to work. But I stepped away for a moment, came back, touched the LCD screen. Obviously I was full of static and the screen went blank. The background blue is still there, but the foreground letters are not. Did I just fry the thing? Is there a way to reset it?
If not, where can I get a new one that I can use with LCD library that comes with Arduino?
Now If I pick up a different LCD, I'm assume a corresponding library and header files usually don't come with it, so how (in general) would I write my own stuff (yes, I know C/C++)... but I only have the MS .Net compiler (no longer have the good stuff)