you can test out a shareware version from the link that's embedded in the 'movie'.
it's basically a flash program that's more of a wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) interface, rather than programming it all from scratch. i am not sure how much i could teach you about it, because i just downloaded and started messing around. but if you download it and have any questions, i would be happy to help you if i can.
thanks for your comments! i think you'd have fun with it.