Here at GadgetFactory we have put together the most common package people choose to embark on learning FPGA development yet Arduino style user friendly development.
The best way we have found for hardware users to branch into the field of VHDL programming and prototype debugging is this combo pack of the Papilio One board with Spartan 3E 500k FPGA and the LogicStart Megawing.
The free Ebook by Mike Fields on the Spartan FPGA chip with walk you step by step with the first steps to getting going well.
This kit contains:
The LogicStart Megawing has following resources to help you go from very basic digital structures to reasonably complex peripherals like multiplexed 4-digit 7-segment display, a ADC with SPI interface, RGB LED, delta-sigma audio in stereo and even a VGA display controller.
The UCF files required to use this Megawing are different.