Ok, so I want to get in the the micro-processor hobby and need some assistance. I plan to do some home automation in the future but firstly I just want to learn the ropes as I have almost no experience in hardware. Where is a good place to start, and what processor?
From what I have read Panda II is a nice one with quite a lot of supports for arduino shields(if the voltage is right that is). I am mostly a .NET developer so that suites into my glove. I do however have concerns about the documentation and support for this device as the Arduino seem to have ALOT more(even books about home automation with it). So what are your thoughts, where should one start?
I have quite a lot of programming experience, not professionaly but still. .Net, c++ (some c), some assembler, java, python so learning new programming languages (non-functional ones) should not be too difficult. What I am more afraid of is the support in coupling with server-structures etc, meaning communicating with my own-made .NET server apps(ultimately for controlling my house).
So where are good places to start? Buying a kit with multiples shields/accessories for just basically tinkering? Buying a “Start here” book.
I hope this question is not asked too often(I did search :D).
Thank you in advance!
Edit: In the future when I learn the ropes I plan to perhaps use something like X10 compatible product for automation.