Programming can have a steep learning curve. Don't let that discourage you.
-Pick ONE language to start with.
-WRITE lots of code. If you don't know what to write, try Project Euler. They have many small puzzles to solve.
-READ other people's code.
What he said, but Euler never helped me much. The reading part is the most important. Pick a good language with friendly users. I like D. Python people tend to get annoyed at newbies frequently. A good thing to start on is recreate an alternative to some closed source proprietary software. And never be afraid to reinvent the wheel.
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