I was trying to avoid soldering but looks like at some point it is mandatory to learn how to do it. Got myself a basic toolkit:
There are plenty of tutorials around. I enojyed Iyaz Akhtar’s KnowHow episode dedicated to soldering and EEVBlog’s tutorial. After spending some time around here’s the fruits of my efforts:
Of course the components soldered on this board are meaningless and they don’t do anything. But it was a good practice.
I was surprised to find out that desoldering was an easy process. All you have to do is heat the iron, touch the solder and liquify it and then vacuum it using the desoldering pump.