Recently I start to read dangerous proto blog and I must say that I am a fan of your site and your projects. I am not a PIC guy but recently I decided to make a bus pirate using a free pcb I got through the site.
I have a question to ask. Which programmer should I buy to program?? Pickit3or Pickit2??
From searching in net, Pickit2 seems to contain a useful logic analyzer and is cheaper. Is there similar feature in pickit3?? Does i really need to buy pickit3??
Head to eBay, buy a PICkit2 clone. It will program AND debug most PIC chips. Catch a deal and you can get one for $25 shipped
PICkit2, and ICD2 if you feel posh, is one of the pros of PIC microcontrollers. One cheap debugger not only programs most chips, it lets you single-step code and read memory locations. We’re not very good coders, we have to see the code execute step-by-step or some bugs are impossible to find.