First of all, a “flaming newb” warning is probably warranted. I’m a unix sysadmin with some programming experience who’ve just recently stumbled into electronics and microcontrollers. So far I’ve mostly been messing around with my Arduino UNO and a few simple projects, but my “todo” list is steadily growing with ideas. One thing I’ve come to realise is that I’ll soon want to break out of the Arduino and start using AVRs directly, building more “permanent” versions of my better projects.
For this, I would like to upload my sketches to Atmel AVRs directly, probably using the Atmega328 chip, at least initially. For that, I would need an AVR programmer.
Now, one piece of kit that’s been sitting unused in my parts drawer for a while is my Koala protoboard from Sparkfun - http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8722 . Since it has a FT232RL, USB connector and power supply on-board, it looks like a good candidate for building one. Has anyone done something like that? What would be required beyond the clock crystal, some resistors and maybe a zif-socket or something? Could this be used directly from the Arduino IDE?
Thanks for any tips (and please excuse the newbness!)