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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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Django docs in Plucker format, nightly

It took me about a year to get around to it, but I finally set up that nightly cronjob to fetch the Django documentation into a Plucker file. (Note that if you don't have a handheld with a Plucker reader, or aren't closely following Django, this is of no use to you. Sorry. The intersection of those two sets is not very large.)

In addition to the current documentation pages, it includes the Trac Timeline, posts from the Community page, and the latest Django Book chapters. (Django team, let me know if I'm spidering anything I shouldn't be.)

The file is about 1.1MB 1.7MB. Point your tractor beam at http://dpaste.com/static/djangodocs.pdb and enjoy.

Update, 2009-02-28: This project has been retired.

Thursday, November 16th, 2006
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Comment from Jacob Kaplan-Moss , later that day

Awesome - thanks for doing this, Paul!

Comment from Paul , 1 week later

You're welcome, guys. I hope somebody besides me finds it useful!

Makes me want to create a server-side replacement for the Plucker desktop in Django...

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