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Re: gEDA-user: Free Dog meetings at MIT starting this September!
On Sun, Aug 22, 2004 at 01:14:09PM -0400, Dave McGuire wrote:
> On Aug 22, 2004, at 12:53 PM, Samuel A. Falvo II wrote:
> >>Where can I buy one piece of this one in Prague? I would be genuinely
> >>interested :)
> >You may or may not be able to. I don't know. I know I can get them
> >>It doesn't matter - you have to give up on thru-hole on modern CPU's
> >>anyway :)
> >It does matter. Through-hole parts are way easier for a complete
> >neophyte to solder.
> I must strongly disagree with this statement. The notion that
> through-hole soldering is easier than soldering surface-mount devices
> is, and always has been, a myth. Personally, any more, I *hate*
> soldering through-hole parts. Sure it takes a steadier hand due to the
> finer pin spacings and such, but give me an SOIC over a DIP any day.
> Perhaps a part of the problem is that people want to be able to
> solder with a cheap soldering iron they bought at Radio Shack for $12
> that has a tip as big as their finger. To that, I say "use crap tools,
> get crap results". With quality tools, good lighting, and a little bit
> (maybe a few hours) of practice, I'm convinced that nearly anyone can
> solder wide-pitch SMT with no problem. Don't want to shell out a few
> bucks for a quality temperature-controlled iron? Don't try to solder.
> It's as simple as that.
I've got to agree completely with Dave here. Having soldered more than
a couple of things together in technologies ranging from vacuum tube to
high pin count fine pitch chips over the last 23 years since my first soldering
iron, I find that about the easiest thing is a board with 1206 passives
and SOIC chips. I'll grant you that things like QFN are a pain, but
an SO16 isn't and 1206's are so much faster to work with than leaded
resistors and capacitors. In fact, I almost always use surface mount
parts when building up a quick prototype on some proto-board material.