Hello everyone.

This is my first time posting so HELLO WORLD (good lord, the corny jokes start). I've done a bit of programming, well, that seems a bit misleading. When I say a bit of programming I mean I've made the Hello World program and a few other menu based programs (like, press 1 to enter how many lbs of potatoes you bought, press 2, blah blah blah and it spits out the total price). I took a programming class in school and we took Java. This class proved to be fairly pointless as I never learned a thing. Now i'm on linux (Fedora Core 1) and I wanna start doing some serious coding (basic at first, obviously, but then progress) The only problem is that I just don't know where to start. I'm not sure what compiler I need, hell i'm still new to installing packages, lol. So basically I'm just asking for a few reassuring words that could possibly point me in the right direction as to how to get a compiler set up so that I can start coding. It's not so much learning to program that's stumping me, but setting up the compiler and such. Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this and I hope I'm not too newbish

Thanks again