When Linux and LAMP got popular, so did the scripting languages (PHP, Python, Perl, etc.).
On another front, Microsoft was also working to make learning curve for their stack easier and that resulted in stuff like FoxPro, Visual Basic, .NET and finally today's languages like C# and F#.
The result is that we have a plethora of technologies and stacks today with tons of helpful guides, tutorials and other resources, programming has become much more accessible.
For someone interested in learning programming, the present times are probably the best in history!
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