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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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Python 2.5 Library Reference for Plucker

I've created an updated Plucker version of the Python Library Reference for Python 2.5. It weighs in at 1.7MB, a bit fatter than the last one mostly because I tweaked the spidering depth to keep deeply nested pages from being skipped. All twelve of you who have an interest in such a thing can find it here:

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

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Comment from fietske , 1 day later

great Paul !

I just downloaded it so I can use it on my Nokia 770 internet tablet with FBReader (supporting plucker as well)

thanks Fietske

Comment from Paul , 1 day later

Excellent, glad to hear it's of use! This way you actually can keep it under your pillow, just like Guido intended!

Comment from Richarrd , 1 day later

Ooh, I like this - thank you very much, will be very useful to have this to hand on the Treo...

Comment from Steven J , 2 years later

Thanks needed it for my n810 :)

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