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Learning:TYX - Links and Information.
The Teach Yourself X (TYX) page contains self-teaching procedures for DIY. They walk a student through the steps of acquiring the information needed to set up their own development environment and usually include a walk-through of example projects.
It all starts with a low cost laptop ($300-$350 HP or Dell) or a desktop+monitor ($450-$600) and the development environment for your project. The environments are generally downloaded using the Internet, but some manufactures provide CDs.
Here are some examples of TYXs and what you can do once you're set up.
Teach Yourself X (TYX) series of presentations. (example)