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How do you use a L293D Motor Controller with an Arduino MEGA?

I have recently received my order from ebay. A L293D Motor Controller for my first robot. I read the datasheet and other guides but i can't figure out how to use it, please help! I didnt order 2 so i only have 1, if it fries, i cant get another one or i have to make one. :(

 

What microcontroller should i use?

Am planning on building a robot that  would have the abilitty to navigate , avoid obstacles and collect some items.

What chip should i use?

Whats the difference between pic and picAxE?

 

thanks in advance :) 

A mini relay like chip?


Here is the setup, I need a picaxe to "push" 2 buttons when it receives a high digital input. 
I will be using a picaxe08M and will have 2 digital inputs(2 buttons) and to digital outputs to triger the relay.
 
I need somethink like a relay but much smaller, about the same size a the picaxe chip.
 
It only need to handle 5V.
 
Anybody know of something that would do the job ?