What's the second reason? In my case, I have a PIC connected to the Pi anyway, talking to each other via RS232 - so I figured I could use the spare pins on the connector to assign some GPIOs to the appropriate PINs on the PIC and I don't need a second connector for ICSP, the board is quite full anyway. Also I can update the firmware without having to build a bootloader (which is a topic on its own).
I case you're curious, the whole project will eventually be a driver board for my 3 axis CNC. Currently I have a PC + Arduino + GBRL-Shield, but I'm not happy with the setup. So I'm planning on building a web based controller on the Pi. This way I can control the machine using a cheap Galaxy Tab A or my mobile Phone. Also I can directly upload the G-Code (produced by Fusion 360 - AWESOME!) from my laptop - either directly or via my NAS or Dropbox or the like (both machines are quite a bit apart).
OMG Andy, all this has already been built?! Yes - it is still fun to try it yourself and learn a whole lot new :-)
Because I found a lot of inspiration and help in the projects of others, I tried and document my code
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