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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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O'Reilly has been running CodeZoo for a few months now. Today they announced CodeZoo subsites for Python and Ruby. CodeZoo is very slick -- you can track changes to a particular app or component via a special RSS feed, for instance. Downloads are fast and simple, even for Sourceforge-hosted projects. And they've got this new thing called DOAP (why do you think they call it DOAP?), an XML schema for component information. (Tangent: I'm thinking that DOAP could be a nice standard upon which to build phone-home version checking features.)

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
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Comment from Marc Hedlund , later that day

Hi, Paul,

Thanks much for the comments on CodeZoo. DOAP stands for 'Description of a Project', a format launched by Edd Dumbill. See usefulinc.com/doap for more info if you're interested.

I completely agree that DOAP could be useful for phone-home features -- that's a great idea.

Thanks, and be sure to let us know if there's anything else you'd like to see from CodeZoo.

Best, Marc Hedlund O'Reilly

Comment from Paul Bissex , later that day

Thanks for the post, Marc. I meant to have a link on that tongue-in-cheek question ...

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