Let's Make Robots!

Complete noob here

 

I just came across this website today and it looks like a vibrant community.  I'm interested in learning robotics as a hobby and have no idea where to start.  I'm a pretty good programmer, but I come from the web world - programming web and middleware in the enterprise - Java is my most proficient language. Although the languages may not be applicable in robotics, I'm hoping my experience in programming will give me a head start.  I have some experience with electronics from college, but that’s about it.  

Anyway, I probably don't know enough to ask direct questions so I'm asking for some direction.  Are there questions I need to ask myself before starting? Do I jump right in with the many start kits I'm seeing online?  

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance! 

 

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is basically a very small arduino, just about the size of the chip itself!

though it has no USB to UART for programming, but if you an arduino board you just need some jumpers to program it.

ahhh, gotcha!  Thanks a lot amando.