I'm currently using the BASIC Stamp (basic stamp 2) from Parallax Inc. But one module is expensive and the entire setup is rather bulky. Dont get me wrong, nothing is wrong with it. In fact since this is my first use of microcontrollers, I found that the basic stamp is a very effective in demonstrating how a microcontroller can be used in place of circuits. This particular uC uses pbasic (parallax basic). But I'm more a depth with C/C++. Is there any uC that uses C/C++ and isnt as bulky and expensive as the basic stamp. The thing I hate about the stamp is that the module must always be inserted in the programming board (BOE) for the uC to function. I really want a uC where I can just remove the uC from the programming board and insert it into a IC socket and have it function how I programmed it. Is there any such one? --thanks.