Is there a way I can 'ease in' to programming. Like learning to use/modify CGI scripts to add some functions to a basic html site? Even if it's the only thing I learn it's still useful, right?. Unlike starting on page one of an O'reilly Python book, it might be a year before I'm useful or I find out it's not for me.
I'm a designer by trade (not a programmer) but more and more I build sites on php driven apps like wordpress and joomla. Or sometimes I have a basic html site and I want to add a form or some small app.
Can anyone recommend an insightful approach or should turn back now and just pretend programming never existed?
Is Python a suitable starting point?