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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. 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!


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Ajaxy regex tester in Python: retest

retest I wish I'd known about retest when I posted about regular expressions recently. It's a great little utility from Christof Hoeke that uses Python's re module and SimpleHTTPServer power to give you an interactive regex tester right in your web browser. He says he's only tested it on Windows XP, but it worked great for me on OS X 10.4.3.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
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Comment from Brendon , 14 months later

Another good Regular Expression tester to check out is ReJax:


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