Originally Posted by oldfan
If I or my kid wanted to learn code what language should i start with. ...as in easiest to learn. Is small basic worth the time?
For anything specifically? Do you want to just get introduced to it or do you have anything you want to create or build?
Probably the easiest entry into code is starting with basic HTML. A combination of HTML and BB Code from websites like this and Bebo helped me learn the idea of writing in a way that doesn't actually make sense. This isn't how a sentence works in English, but you understand that [b] actually means something. The most important thing about HTML is it is a massive and simple introduction to learning about proof reading and avoiding mistakes. You WILL lose that /, it's a fact, but it's easy to fix those mistakes.
HTML being "code" is a fairly loose word but it's very easy to learn and is good for clicking your mind in that mentality. Plus you get a pretty visual reward for everything you do. I'm going to start doing Code Academy again and make my own site over the next few weeks.
If you want to get more into the programming side of things, I'd recommend C++. C++ doesn't look like it's going to collapse any time in the near future unlike things like Java which has pretty much faded away now. You don't want to put in the time to learn something which will barely be used down the line (probably like Python).
So if you want something very very basic but a good introduction (plus the most useful if you don't have any big plans) - HTML (and CSS).
If you plan on getting into programming and being a little bit more complex (without going off into the deep end) - C++