What's the cheapest / easiest way to get started with AVR programming? I have downloaded a copy of AVR Studio 5, and like the IDE as it is based on Visual Studio, which I'm familiar with.
How do I get from here, to having a working project on something like an AVR Tiny chip?
I don't want to do anything fancy - first project is to do a kind of timer chip that lights some LEDs and then uses a solenoid to ring a bell. As such I don't think I need all the "fancy stuff" like touchscreens / LCD displays etc. Also, i don't know how I'm going to get on, so don't want to invest too much in case I don't get on with it.