Where to begin with PIC chips?
Okay, so I've gone out & bought my Arduino clone, had fun* with it, bought a truckload of ATMEGA 48-328's & had fun* with them and would like to now broaden my horizons a little. I'd like to see what's on the other side of the fence & give PIC chips a try. From what I can see, both have their advantages/disadvantages & can excel in some areas where the other may flounder.
Basically, my question is this: what's the cheapest/quickest/easiest** way to get into PIC development? Is it really as easy as grabbing a couple of chips, downloading the software from rev-ed & buying a programming cable? Or am I missing something? Is there a 'Welcome to PICworld" tutorial out there somewhere that I've missed or is it a matter of wading through the manual on the bus to work every day? (Hmm, that may be more than one question but you get the idea).
*Disclaimer for my gf - it's not fun, it's work, honest!
** In order of importance due to ongoing house renovations :-s