Getting familiar with the Arduino IDE is an essential first step. With the Arduino IDE, you can get started with Arduino programming.
In this guide, you will learn how to install the Arduino IDE, choose the right Arduino board type and serial port, before uploading a 'blink' example sketch. The code will then uploaded onto your Arduino board. A Little Bird Uno R3 is used in this guide, though other boards will work as well. If you will be using a different board, keep in mind that you will need to choose a different board type on the IDE.
Doing so will enable you to advance on with further projects that would involve adding your sketches onto the Arduino board.