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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.

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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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Tim Bray: "No New XML Languages"

I avoid XML as much as possible, but once in a while I've had a project where I thought about making an ad-hoc XML dialect. I'm going to file away Tim Bray's recent blog posting to keep me out of trouble during those moments of temptation. His advice boils down to this: If you are tempted to make a new XML dialect, instead try fitting it into one of what he calls the the "big five":

He concludes:

The next time one of your technical superstars comes into the room and says We gotta design an XML vocabulary for X, make them prove they can't do it with one of the Big Five. And if they can prove it, sigh deeply and budget a couple of years delay, and a few thousand more engineering hours.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
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