Is breadboarding dead?
M. Simon, http://iecfusiontech.blogspot.com/
I don't breadboard much any more. I do PCB a LOT. Why? Parts are getting too small to be able to kluge something together that will have similar characteristics to the final design. This is especially true of small switching supplies clocking in at over 1 MHz. Unless they are completely self contained. For high precision RF circuits it gets tougher.
A couple of things have driven this trend. Very fast production of circuit boards by the manufacturers and low cost or no cost software for schematic capture and PCB design. And if speed is paramount and it is worth the capital there are machines that will turn out PCBs in hours.
And another helper is SPICE. Can you trust it for final answers? Nope - reality is always different and your model may have overlooked something important to you. But none the less such tools can help steer you in the right direction. So No. I don't breadboard much any more.
Keith Curtis, Microchip Technology, www.microchip.com