I've started moving away from the protoboard because soldering all those wires is such a PITA but it seems that making PCB's has it's own set of troubles...
I've been fooling with L298's some and figured a breakout board would be a fun first project:
It ended up being a double sided deal and the way I handled it was just to solder both sides where the components mounted. It worked OK but that'll be tough to do on my next project because I'm going to have a female header and I won't have access to the pads underneath.
Does anyone have any tips on how to deal with this? I was thinking that there may be some way of "wicking" solder through the holes before assembly.