[Ed. note: I am participating in Mozilla's Peer to Peer U, a web-based, collaborative learning environment that utilizes open educational resources. By the way, Mozilla is also the maker of the ubiquitous Firefox browser. Their website is at http://www.mozilla.org. The address to their Peer to Peer U is at http://www.p2pu.org.]
I would like to extend a special introduction to my virtual classmates in Mozilla's school of Webcraft. My user name there is computerguy0526 but you may call me Joe if you'd all like. I'm in my late 20s and I live in the state of Georgia, close to the site of the Masters PGA tournament. I've programmed since I was 13 on my very first computer, a Tandy 1000SL with MS-DOS 3.3, GW-BASIC and a desktop environment that rivaled Windows back when Microsoft wasn't quite at the top of its game, DeskMate. I've grown since then to program in Java, C#, and Visual Basic (although I'm not quite a fan of the .NET variants of that language since they've been released). I've also dabble in a bit of native Windows API programming when the mood strikes me. I've recently become interested in Web programming because (a) I can do it without a bunch of "make" magic incantations, and (b) because I believe that the Web is one of the few platforms that are of the people, by the people, and for the people. Almost anyone can still create Web pages, and although good hosting isn't cheap, there are places that will host content, some for free.
I hope to learn how to create great Web pages and hopefully entire websites and contribute to one of the largest communities on Earth. I would also like to help others who want to contribute to the international community of websites along the way once I learn everything there is to know.