Hello to all of the proficient programmers. Only the highest degree of respect intended. I am not a programmer. Many years ago I started to take a programming course that included C, Assembler, and COBOL. I had to move and did not continue my education. Several years later I learned how to write bacic HTML pages.
I would like to learn a programming language or two. Which languages would you recommend to begin with. I have seen PHP used in some VBA programs. I would like to write stand alone programs for my own use to build databases to keep track of various things, such as appointments, reminders to call or meet someone, pay bills on time--even pay the bill electronically if possible.
I would like to write the programs in the Windows, Linx, and Unix envrioments (need to learn Linx and Unix also) enviroments and make them compatable with 2000, XP, Win 7 and Win 8, and the new versions as they come out.
Can any of you suggest a good online place to begin, where I can download compilers, and detailed documentation is as simple to understand format as possible, and hopefully for free.