The PICkit 3 allows debugging and programming of PIC(R) and dsPIC(R) Flash microcontrollers using the powerful graphical user interface of the MPLAB Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and it does this all at a most affordable price point. This kit includes the 44-pin demo board with a PIC18F45K20 microcontroller and a USB cable.
Microchips FREE MPLAB X IDE software and the FREE Edition of the MPLAB XC C Compiler for a complete code development environment is available via free download on microchip.com
Newer version development tools are available now. Please consider Curiosity Development Board (DM164137) or Explorer 8 Development Board (DM160228) for new designs