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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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I sat in on most of DHH's Ruby on Rails presentation this afternoon, and I have to say I'm in danger of catching the religion. Like a good cult leader, Hansson is energetic, intelligent, and unwavering in his faith that his is the right path. Within 30 minutes of the end of the session I had installed Rails via DarwinPorts, though my schedule hasn't left me much time to play with it.

I still have mixed feelings about Ruby due to its Perlish roots, but its OO purity and syntactic flexibility are appealing, and Rails just solidifies that.

On breaks there was some discussion about Rails "clones" and other web frameworks, from Cake to Django.

Monday, August 1st, 2005
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