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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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TextMate update

A new "bleeding edge" version of TextMate appeared this evening, featuring extensive improvements to the bundle infrastructure. (If you're not sure what this means, read my earlier post on how bundles are the heart of TextMate's stupendousness.) Allan Oddgaard has put a lot of thought into the balance between distributed bundles and user customizations, and has developed some really elegant solutions that allow you to benefit from improvements in the bundles (some of which move at a rapid clip thanks to motivated community developers) while retaining your specific customizations.

Also, while this may have been possible before, I just noticed it: you can use the "Edit in TextMate" command to edit the content of snippets etc. in the bundle editor. That's nice. It's amazing how constraining a regular Cocoa text field feels after becoming accustomed to TextMate's style.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
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