For my venture into microprocessing, I decided to go with Atmel AVR due to the vast resources available. The Arduino seems to have a lot as well, not to mention their starter kits seem more "at my level."
The problem is I want to learn it in assembly first, and then go to C/C++ or whatever Arduino uses, but I've heard Arduino won't take AVR assembly. Is this true? Is there any way around that?
Edit: I would go with the ATMEL STK500, but for a first timer it looks VERY complicated. Is there any reason why I can't just get an 8 bit AVR and put it on a breadboard and experiment that way? (I guess I'd have to figure out how to interface them as such.)
Edit2: This is what I was thinking