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About Me

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.

Book

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!

Colophon

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.

Elsewhere

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Stuff I Use

Bitbucket, Debian Linux, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, macOS, Markdown, Mercurial, Python, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, xmonad

Spam Report

At least 236561 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

The Zend Framework

The Zend Framework was released a few days ago. This is a PHP5-only web application framework from Zend, "the PHP company." It has been in development for a long time, but if that had a chilling effect on the development of other PHP frameworks, it's hard to see.

I'm going to go straight for my grim conclusion here: I think many of the other PHP web frameworks in development have no long-term prayer against Zend. It's not about technical merits, it's about the business case that Zend is a safer bet than five random guys with a Trac install and a cool logo.

This is kind of too bad, but I don't think PHP is the platform for the next wave of web innovation anyway. It has set its sights on being Serious Enterprise Business and gnawing at Java's ankles, and I think it will probably meet with a lot of success.

Who knows, in three years PHP may be the big bad enterprise technology that everybody loves to hate, and Io on Ice or somesuch will be the hot ticket. I can't wait.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
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