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Personally, I'd recommend learning to splice double-braid... it isn't all that difficult, as I've taught myself to do so in an evening...and it will come in handy in the future, especially if you do any longer distance cruising, and may be away from riggers to splice the lines for you. The splicing nuts are a crutch and if one breaks, or you lose the parts to one...you might find yourself in some trouble.
The plastic used in either of the "splice nut" solutions may breakdown under UV and leave you without a halyard... Having a proper splice in the halyard will generally be safer, as a good eyesplice weakens the line much less, and is less likely to leave your halyards inside the mast after the splice nut breaks.