what components do i need to start programming avr microprocessors?

 i have read  the  instructable www.instructables.com/id/Ghetto-Programming%3a-Getting-started-with-AVR-micro/ and made the www.ladyada.net/make/usbtinyisp/ programmer kit,but dont know where to get the componants in the uk and all the how-tos i have read have been very vague about what you actually do when youve made the kit.

janw7 years ago
I use a my AVR programmer. doesn't need any external power for the developmentboard. Everything (including power up to 500mA) goes via USB
legionlabs7 years ago
If you have a little more money to spend, you can buy an STK500 from www.digikey.com... has everything but the power adapter.

Mine has served me well. Comes with AVRStudio and a manual for how to program a variety of microcontrollers.
For 25 quid you can get AVRISP II from Farnell or Rapid Electronics.