Did you know there was an ARM in DIP form factor? The LPC1114. Well, not only that but you can program it in BASIC. Coridium is selling a 50MHz LPC1114 in DIP form factor for a measly $10 for just the MCU or $42 for the eval kit shown below. My very slow BASIC Stamp II cost about $50 ten years ago.
The ARM BASIC was released awhile ago, but I don't think it got the press it deserves. I played with mine a little but still haven't had a chance to do a project and write-up.
Programming it reminds me of the Stamp's BASIC. One neat feature the Stamp didn't have: you can access any native MCU register so you have quite a lot of control over the device's peripherals.