E-Scribe : a programmer’s blog

About Me

PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career In the 1990s doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines. Then I wrote technology commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon.com, Chicago Tribune, and lots of little places you've never heard of. Then I taught photographers how to create good websites. Then I helped a giant media corporation serve 40 million pages a day. Now I work on a small Django team at the largest translation company in the world. Feel free to email me.


I co-wrote "Python Web Development with Django". It was the first book to cover the long-awaited Django 1.0. Published by Addison-Wesley and still in print!


Built using Django, served with gunicorn and nginx. The database is SQLite. Hosted on a FreeBSD VPS at Johncompanies.com. Comment-spam protection by Akismet.

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Stuff I Use

bitbucket, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, Markdown, Mercurial, OS X, Python, Review Board, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, Ubuntu Linux

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At least 235579 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

OSCON 2005

In a couple days I leave for Portland, Oregon and the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. In the tutorial sessions I'll be mainly on the Python track (including one session with Alex Martelli, uber tech lead at Google and author of Python In a Nutshell). I've heard good things about the conference, and the list of people who will be there is impressive. I'll try to post regular reports here.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

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