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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.


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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The Django Book

Congratulations to Adrian and Jacob on the launch of their GFDL-licensed book on Django. From the Django blog:

This is a pre-release, which means we're actively looking for comments, typo fixes, corrections and other suggestions from readers like you, all around the world. We'll try to incorporate your suggestions into the final product, which will be published by Apress early next year. Amazon.com is accepting preorders for the print edition, and the number of preorders so far has been astounding.

Only two chapters so far, but there are dates listed for most of the remaining ones. There's a commenting system for detailed feedback, and comments are rolling in at a good clip.

I'm intrigued that the commenting system uses the Yahoo User Interface Library for its widgetry. At some point there seemed to be consensus that Django would officially use Dojo for Javascriptification, but this makes me wonder. (Not that I'm particularly attached to Dojo -- YUI is swell.)


Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
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Comment from João Marcus , later that day

I abandoned Dojo after I realized that they don't really care about the docs. The Django-Dojo integration never actually happened, and I don't think that it will ever happen. At least YUI has docs.

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