To get started you need to follow these steps:
Now click Finish.
Go to Project Menu and click Settings. Go to Debugger Options and set the target to Simulator. I used the simulator to test all the examples.
Click the Setup button. You can set the simulator clock speed here. Set it to 20MHz. Most examples are based on a 20MHz clock.
Copy+paste the Example Code and go to the build menu. Click Compile/Assemble, then click Build.
When it comes to picking a devkit you can either get an official board with all kinds of nice features or you can solder something up yourself.
You can get a Z8F64xx development board from mouser for about €32 ($42). Note that this board comes with a 18MHz crystal. Some of the examples of this website use a 20MHz crystal. You can change the frequency in the program or swap out the crystal on the board.
You could build your own board for less money. A loose 40pin DIP eZ8 XP costs about $5, so if you already have the cable you could make a cheap board that you can use in any project. The DIP version has up to 29 I/O pins whereas the SMD packages can have up to 60 I/O pins.
You can also build your own serial smartcable. This uses a regular rs232 cable, a level shifter, diode and a 10k resistor. Visit the construction page.
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