Hello Everyone,
I'm a newbie and would appreciate any advice anyone can
give me on getting started with a career in programming. I
know VB and Visual Studio and would like to learn
VBScript. Is that the right direction to take? Should I focus
on the entire .net family? Or something else like java (or something else
entirely?) I am also interested in working as a contractor - are any of
you contractors? If so, how do you go about finding people
who want to hire you? A friend of mine is in IT and was
laid off and is having a hard time finding a new job. Is
this an industry wide slow-down that I should watch out
for? Like I said, I'm a newbie and just need some direction.

Thanks,
Benno