This post is principally related to my inexperience, but as a C# developer with a keen interest in electronics, perhaps it’ll yield some useful insights.
I’m fortunate enough to have three Meadow boards in my collection as well a few Netdiunos from before the Wilderness Labs acquisition. One of the things that I loved about the Netdiuno was how fast I could start playing as the boards came with the headers already attached. As my skills in soldering leave much to be desired, I’ve not got a single Meadow board working to the point that I can explore the hack kit. I’ve spent most of my day trying to desolder the headers to try again, but so far I’ve only successfully managed to remove 1/3.
Ideally, Wilderness would sell the boards ready to use, perhaps with the option of specifying female or male headers. While I understand it’s easier to ship out the bare boards, it significantly reduces the ease of use for someone like myself (a total newb). I’d be happy to pay a modest premium for the option of having a professional attach the headers and confirm the connections are working correctly.
As it stands, I’ve just ordered myself a set of RasberryPi’s as they come assembled and I know I can start exploring straight away without all the trouble that comes with getting the Meadow boards ready to use.