Then i discouvered Calebs Black Rabbit Joomla! component creator and things suddenly started making sense. His wizard is a joy to use and walks you through the basics of setting up a component without the need to manually set up the structure time and time again. It then spits out a 100% functional installable component that you can build on from there...what more could you possibly ask for.
The developer Caleb is prompt answering questions, and is working on and developing the tool actively. I emailed him feedback with an issue I discovered and I had an email from him within an hour acknowledging the issue, and it was fixed later that night...I don't know about you - but that is impressive.
I do not normally write reviews - but I just had to for this one...a no-brainer for anyone thinking about making a component of their own, novice to advanced it will save you time and headache! Do yourself a favour and try it!