Programming the microcontroller and testing the joystick with WinVice and International Karate:
Step 1: Tools
I recommend a good regulated soldering iron with a 1 mm tip for the SMD parts, like my i-CON 1. The easiest way to solder it is a stereo microscope, but magnifying glasses works, too. But with some practice, the SOP-20 IC needed for this project can be soldered without any magnifying.