I'm experimenting with CNC machines so I came up with this simple and inexpensive way to make an adapter to plug a printer cable into a breadboard. It uses a socket pulled off of an old printer and a 40 pin IC socket. The IC socket is needed because these connectors, weather store bought or salvaged, don't have the right spacing to fit into a breadboard. This can also be useful if you want to fit one to a prototype board with 0.1" spacing.
This method could be used with a DB25 connector, a DB36, or any other angled PCB mount socket. My example uses a socket and cable with a 36 pin Centronics connector, as found on many old printers, because that's the kind of cable and socket I had from a printer I took apart. If you want DB25 like a standard computer parallel port, it's pretty easy to find an old motherboard with one of those sockets that can be used in exactly the same way.
1 DB25, Centronix 36pin or other PCB mount socket that you want to adapt to a breadboard.
1 40 pin IC socket, preferably the kind with flat tabs, though the machined pin kind may work
Zip ties (optional)
Needle nose pliers/tweezers
Solder sucker or desoldering iron (if your plug is currently attached to a board)
Step 1: Desolder and crack the socket
I wont go into too much detail on the desoldering, there are Instructables to cover that. But you don't have to worry about overheating the connector in this case, you're going to crack off the back of it anyway.
So, getting on to that, take a pair of pliers and crack up the plastic on the back of the connector. Since it comes to an angle behind the connector it breaks away pretty cleanly. If you want to be really neat about it you can file off the rough edges left where you broke off the plastic surrounding the pins.