My name is Tom (TF) Fletcher. I'm now retired, following many years employment at the University of Minnesota where I was a Professor of Veterinary Anatomy. In that capacity, I witnessed the evolution of main-frame, desktop and web-based computing and I developed an active interest in browser-based courseware (instructional software) development.

My self-taught “expertise” involves client side web development, using HTML, CSS (style sheets) and Javascript to produce courseware web app files that are uploaded to a server and accessed via a client browser. I have found such web development to be an intellectually rewarding experience (see, e.g., My External Links below).

Now I want to expand my capabilities to include server side programming, involving PHP program files and database files stored on the server. To start I am exploring Joomla!, a content management system. With Joomla!, web site content is stored in a MySQL data base that can be managed via the web site’s back-end by a trained person who need not know web development specifics, a major efficiency particularly where data management is ongoing and massive.

This web site exists for me to learn and practice Joomla!. The manufactured content for this site includes information related to web sites and web apps that I have developed, including comments regarding other software ventures I would like to explore, and an introduction to Joomla!

The External Links (below) will take you to web sites that I developed and maintain. You may use the browser's back button to return to this site.