Among the things I dislike most is connecting a bunch of individual jumper wires in my project prototypes. Parallel LCD character displays and ICs do require a lot of them. I often use the LCD character display as a debug console for my standalone Arduino/ATmega projects and hooking it up is my greatest pet peeve. So I wanted to build a decent breakout board for the display without involving a shift register. Here I briefly present my work.
Step 1: Things I have used
1. A small piece of vero board. I cut a 14-holes section from a 24 strip vero board, measuring 2.5"x1.5".
2. Small connecting wires taken from CAT5 network cable.
3. 10K potentiometer of a particular form factor, this type fits well in this project.
4. 1 x 16-pin female header (for LCD display pins)
5. 2 x 4-pin male headers (for connecting cables)
6. 1 x 3-pin male header (for jumper)
7. 1 jumper
8. 8 wire cable of my choice