It uses PKOB – PICkit on board – for both programming and debugging.
http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en ... osity.html
http://hackaday.com/2015/07/22/review-m ... dev-board/
It looks like a stable board to seat your microcontroller and those concerned about cost don't have to buy a Pickit. It uses a USB interface and who doesn't have USB?
According to the page on supported devices, they only list Pic 12F, 16F and 18F Microchip Microcontrollers and there is a large list.
http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en ... ml#devices
There is a user guide and a quick start guide. The documentation and software only lists Pic 16F. There is a nice "sell" sheet to see the features and possibly promote the board.
I like the layout of the board and the documentation.
$20 is cheaper than a Pikit3 and there is already room for expansion.
It is nice they are being competitive because other companies are selling starter kits.
The datasheet from Mouser Electronics currently gives the "sell" sheet as the datasheet which is neither the quickstart guide or user guide.
I haven't seen the dimensions of the board yet but it looks like a small board.