I'm helping a young guy I know at one of the schools in Boston with his developing electronics hobby. He's experimenting with some basic transistor/op amp circuits, hoping to design his own little headphone amp/analog synthesizer someday.
Right now he's been using that awful Radio Shack white plugboard with jumpers, and I think it's pretty well-know that prototyping method isn't good for much above DC. He lives in a dorm with a roommate, though, and doesn't currently have easy access to a lab, so soldering things up on blob board is a bit of a problem.
Is there any prototyping method available that combines some of the plug and play ease of plugboard, but allows for more solid construction and fewer parasitics?
Tangentially related Q: They make so many little "breakout boards" of various products these days, particularly very small SMT devices, that I've considered one viable method of production for one-offs and small runs of legit designs to just be design a strictly through-hole "backplane" and have that manufactured at a PCB house, and then hand-solder the breakouts to that backplane on headers. Has anyone used this method before, and how did it go?