UBW kits include a programmed chip. Sparkfun has 8 and 32 bit versions as kits and ready to run.It still takes both you have to load the boot loader with a programmer like the pickit2
You may find some one that will sell you a chip with the boot loader on it.
The idea behind the bitwacker is that you write the code on the PC and use the PIC as an IO device. They even have a demo app where you click on the port pins to turn them on and off. It is cool stuff.I didn't think they still sold them I removed that post. I don't think using USB Bit Whacker as programming a Pic Lol see some else did all the work for you lol.
A PICkit2 is about $35.
Not a JDM programmer because the UBW only puts out TTL levels. There's no way to generate the 12v.I was reading on the UBW website and couldn't I use this UBW as a way to connect a serial programmer up to USB?