Getting started with PIC's, what do I get?
I have been fiddling with Arduinos for quite a while now, I would like to get some PICs, because they are WAY cheaper, and you have to do more to get them to work, not just plug 'n play. I am going to get 2 free sample 16f648a's from MicroChip for an 8x8 matrix game like this one:https://www.instructables.com/id/Christmas-card-with-inbuilt-retro-video-game-for-u/ any suggestions for other PICs to get from MicroChip? Also, what is a good cheap programmer, or one I could build?
Thanks a lot,
I am pretty good at soldering and electronics, so if anyone has ideas of other fun projects that would be cool.