Over the years I have tinkered with Windows shell scripts, Bash, Python, C, C++, Java, JSFX, never doing much with any of them, just seeing if any of them were something I might want to pursue further.
It’s been a good while since I have tinkered with anything to do with programming, and I want to set aside some limited daily time and pick back up Bash, Python, or some other language for general purpose use without jumping in too deep this time around. What I found previously in my learning/tinkering is that good and interesting learning resources make all the difference, not so much the language. And for that reason alone, I had the best learning experiences with C and C++, having found good educational quality beginner books for each. But I might like to jump back in at the shallower end. There is so much existing cool software out there such as Sox and MLT that can be leveraged using scripts without having to get too deep. Python has graphics/gui stuff going for it, so maybe that would be a good route to pursue. But I never found a good beginner book on it for myself and later for a nephew who was interested in it.
By the way, happy holidays to everyone.