Posted by: Anonymous
on December 19, 2008 09:31 PM
I believe this tutorial http://hetland.org/writing/instant-hacking.html offers a pretty good solution for you. It's a tutorial to Python, and in only twelve pages it teaches
looping, conditional execution, and functions, while assuming no prior programming experience. These programming environments are probably overkill for anyone older than about fifteen, but this tutorial should get you up and running quickly with a powerful programming language.