Programming can be anything from writing a fancy mail merge to a life support system. Some details on what his business does, what he wants the program to do and what experience he has (if any) would make recommending something easier.
If your friend is needing a website program,try some of the FREE Flash websites available. You can easily do the HTML editing with Mozilla composer. I have attached a sample for you to play with.Unzip the file to a Directory of it;s own and click the index.html to view the website.After you get it all edited ,just upload it to your webserver complete in directory or as files. think I will upload 3 of them, I have over 50 total. These are free to use and the author says he can do the mods if you need.