I am starting this thread in hope to grow some interest in my fellow wiredians to start coding. Do you know that you can get latest developing tools, Visual Studio 2010 Express Edition, from Microsoft for FREE!!!
By the way, you can also have SQL Server Express for FREE!!! if you want to do database programming.
Get it from: http://www.microsoft.com/express
No need to download or install (from DVDs available in market) MSDN, as you can get access latest MSDN from Microsoft's website:
For example: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa718325
If you are thinking to start learn computer language then I'll recommend that you start with C# or VB.NET. Though, C/C++ is also a good option but learning curve is difficult. Whereas, VB.NET probably would be an easy solution. C# is a good option if you have C/C++ background. Just remember, no matter whatever is your language, in managed code, all languages are equal.
A good book could be a good guide to learn new language. Google is a good buddy to help you.
If you have any questions regarding coding, then please write here. I'll try to help.
Then what are you waiting for? Download Visual Studio and write your first "Hello World" program.
P.S. Please no homework/assignments/projects. Do your dirty work yourself