der Mouse wrote:
This sounds as though you're talking strictly
about soldering them to a
printed-circuit board. If so, that's a lose right there, compared to
DIPs, if you can't connect to them (without equipment prohibitively
expensive for hobbyist use) except via a PCB.
Well that's pretty much a given...there's really no other way to do
that. If you have a chip that's only available in SMT, there are
SMT<->through hole adapters that you can solder the chip to and then
plug the whole thing into a breadboard or wire-wrap socket, but aside
from that, yes, you do need a PCB.
Quick-turn PCB houses are super cheap these days, though, and good
software has been available for free for some time now.
As I've said a few times, things are *different*...trying to treat it
like "a smaller version of through-hole construction" will not work.
We'll be interested to see how your opinion changes when your
eyes get 10 year older! ;-)