Help me get started in the world of arduino's
Ok so I am 15 enjoy working with computers but have never programmed a microcontroller before however i do know the basics of c++. So i am thinking about getting a arduino. I think i want the Duemilanove and i am thinking that i should get a starter pack becuase i do not no very much about various components and it just seems easier to have it all come at once but, i have a few questions and i also do not want to start off spending a whole lot of money. I was looking at this starter kit www.adafruit.com/index.php
or maybe i could just get the budget pack on that website. In the future i might want to get a better soldering iron for this kind of stuff i usually just use a piece of crap from radioshack what iron do you recomend for a slightly better iron but maybe around $30.
1. Is that a good starter kit? or do u know of a better one?
2. What is the proto shield good for?
3. If i made something with my arduino and i wanted to keep it what do i do do i have to buy a whole nother duamillanova?
4. honestly will I be able to make this work or is it going to be a waste of money?