I'm taking the next step, going from my Netduino into the smaller microcontrollers from ATMEL (since there is no really tiny (tinier than the netduino) stuff running .NET).
Also have some experience with ATML and some (silly) assembly coding back from when I went to college. Assembly isn't my thing, my minimum requirement is C.
I'm looking at the ATTiny84 and ATTiny85 microcontrollers.
Since I don't have a Arduino Uno or whatever, I would need a programmer. The Atmel AVRISP STK500 USB ISP Programmer should do, but is there anything else I need to program the microcontrollers?
The plan is to put it in a breadboard, connect the programmer to the microscontroller and AVR Studio should do the rest?
Now there is some stuff I don't understand. Is it optional to put a bootloader on it? As I understand it you can put Arduino bootloader on both of them, making them able to run Arduino stuff which in turn could simplify the programming?
What is the process here, do I use the AVR Studio to flash both of the microcontrollers with Arduino tiny and then do the rest of the programming in Arduino?