Apologies if this is a rather ignorant question (I don’t have confidence in electronics, soldering etc. - I’m a pure software person).
If I’m building projects using stripboard (I have a mega as well but currently am using nanos for the end product), then can I use a ZIF socket for the nano board itself. I’ve measured the pins of one of my nanos and it seems the pins are a smidgeon over 15mm apart, which surely would fit in a standard ZIF sockeet such as one of these. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ZIF-Socket-40-Pin-universal-DIP-IC-Arduino-By-3M-/171230350518?pt=UK_BOI_Electrical_Components_Supplies_ET&hash=item27de1fccb6 This mentions arduino in the listing, but doesn’t specifically say that you can put an arduino in it.
The advantages for me in using a ZIF socket would primarily be that I can check for short circuits and continuity without the nano in place. I’ve been told that depending on how much current a continuity tester applies, it may or may not be a good idea to use one with the nano inplace. Also, if I do fire up a board with a short in place (this may have already happened</Peter Jones voice>), then this could damage the nano as well.
BTW: I found advice online that I could effectively make a socket by soldering in female headers onto the stripboard. But looking around, female headers seem to be very expensive, such that a ZIF socket is actually much cheaper. Why is this? And are there cheaper places than ebay to buy female headers?
While I’m here, to avoid making a new thread, can anyone recommend some momentary pushbuttons suitable for use with fingers? (My current project has 10x footswitches, and I’m very pleased with the ones I bought, but they’re too robust to be appropriate for pushing with fingers)