help choosing LDA situation to implement

Hey all,

I am a comp sci grad student interested in pattern recognition, and have been told that LDA is a good place to start before moving into neural nets and SVMs. I have read up on the subject and think I have enough knowledge to try and implement LDA.

I was wondering if anyone could make a recommendation and maybe point me to some data that has already been tested so I can give this thing a shot and compare my results to something that is generally accepted as correct (maybe if any of you have links to course assignments w/sample output?)

I ask this b/c I've always found I better understand something after programming it.