Well, for beginners i suggest using Just BASIC
. It is free, easy to learn, simple, and is actually fun!
It has a great forum (it helped me A LOT) at http://justbasic.conforums.com
Then once you get the hang of it, consider upgrading to Liberty BASIC
(not free but worth every cent)
Hey if you do decide to join the JB (Just BASIC) forum look for me on there! My username is lhamil64 (same on the LB [liberty basic] forum)