Hello, I am new to all this and would like some help picking a programmer for the AVR Atmel processors. If you have suggestions that would be great!
I second the STK500 but it is a little complicated but it does come with a few micros with it. Another problem is it uses the serial port for programming. And most modern OS's and computers don't have them or don't handle them very well. MKii is perfect for the bigginer but if you are willing to spend a little extra dough than the MKiiDid the ISP go up? I payed like 27 dollars for my last one. A good robust solution is the STK500, but it's a bit complex for a beginner, and more expensive than the Dragon, but still a very nice broad specirum programmer and lots of headers built in. The big problem with the Dragon is you have to solder on your own headers to do anything so you do need a bit more experiance than with a simpler device.
I wouldn't recommend the pony prog programmers they're more of a hassle for many people than they're worth, and the AVRISP programmers are solid reliable devices and inexpensive.