There sure are some nifty new electronic components coming out these days! (Three axis accelerometers! Five watt LEDs!) The only issue seems to be that none of them are available in good old through-hole packages. But don't worry, because surface mount soldering is not nearly as scary as you might think - there's loads of tricks to make it easy for anyone. Hand soldering, reflow methods, tools and techniques are all covered. Your circuits will be sturdier, more powerful and a lot prettier. Let's get tiny!