1)Be respectful. People from all skill levels will be coming here. Remember, you were once in the beginners place.
2)Not for programming news articles that aren't about learning to program.
Without knowing what you want to work towards programming and what your past experience is, it's pretty tough to give relevant advice. Assuming you have no experience whatsoever and that you just want to make "stuff", I'd recommend picking up an intro book to either Java or C#. Go through the lessons thoroughly and play with the exercises until you feel comfortable that you understand how everything works. From there, make "stuff". If you aren't ready for your projects yet, continue learning new technology that takes you in the direction you'd like to go.
Most importantly, have fun!