Well, you can try Python. www.python.org
. You can also try C. I am learning C++ now. I finished the book "C++ Demystified" it was pretty good. Now I am reading a book on the object-oriented side of C++. Visual Basic is also easy to learn.
For books I would go to Amazon.com and read reviews. Or ask a friend or someone you know who is into programming and ask them for suggestions.
Go to labs.msdn.microsoft.com for C++, Visual Basic, and other language compilers. www.python.org
has a python compiler.