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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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Dabble DB

I can't remember the last time a software demo made me involuntarily say "holy crap" so many times. In a good way, I mean.

Dabble DB, in case you haven't heard of it, is a browser-based database exploration/development tool. The interface alone is inspiringly clear, elegant, and rich. And then there's what it actually does with the data. We've all done these things, but we've had to do them in much slower, more laborious ways.

I can see how this demo has sparked interest in Seaside, the framework it's built on. And I can see why web application programming challenges should all have an "Except Avi" clause.

If you develop web applications that use databases, you absolutely must watch this. It's inspiring, though it's also a little depressing. If you make it all the way through the demo without seeing a feature you want to steal, either you're a web app demigod or you're deep in denial.

Monday, April 24th, 2006

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Comment from Andrew , later that day

That's pretty rad, but I'm not sure it'd be that difficult to develop. Time consuming most definately. It's very impressive and quite polished.

Comment from Andrew , later that day

Not following the Seaside link was a mistake. Will this put Smalltalk back on the map again? Or... on the map like Ruby is from Rails?

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