Programming FGPAs is not an easy or fun thing to do.
Nope, programming FPGAs is actually great fun. Why else would anyone do it?
I started to learn about FPGAs last year when the race to FPGA Bitcoin mining was on. I used this website
to get started, and I ended up making some notable contributions in the open source FPGA mining scene.
Admittedly, it is not always easy, and it helps to have some electronics and programming background. But the rewards certainly make it worthwhile. Think about the sense of control and accomplishment when your code finally works; now consider doing the same at a hardware level. Of course, there are countless other fun projects for FPGAs besides just making money. They are pretty much the ultimate playing ground for electronics hobbyists and coders.
But back on topic, I actually have some ideas about Litecoin mining on FPGAs. I confess I do not find Litecoin nearly as lucrative as Bitcoin, and besides my day job makes it hard to focus on any serious projects. Still, if there are other FPGA hackers out here, it might be interesting to discuss these ideas in a dedicated thread.