A few quick comments about the LaunchPad. I have verified that you can just plug the MSP430F2013 into the socket on the board and it works perfectly. They also mentioned this in the User Guide. One thing I am not too happy about is that you can not disconnect ground between the programmer and the target side. Not too big of a deal, but I don't like it.
Also, has anyone else been having trouble with the pdf files from TI? I keep getting some weird errors pretty consistently. Its possible its just me though.
Expect a follow up article to my Getting Started Guide soon. I will be discussing the use of the pushbuttons and will explain the code a bit. From this point on the blog will alternate between news, beginner guides, and advanced topics. Feel free to let me know if there is a topic you would like me to write about.