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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.

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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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Developers, developers, developers

Just got back from my second meeting with the Western Mass. Developers Group. Being the only programmer in my workplace (and having been essentially solo in almost all of my software endeavors), it's really refreshing for me to talk with other actual working programmers. Plus, we understand each other's jokes.

Some topics of discussion (unordered):

Thursday, March 8th, 2007
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6 comments

Comment from Charles , later that day

Just can't find this entry:

Fun with Reddit (“Check out this 40-line Haskell program that translates Ruby on Rails code into Erlang!”)

Can you please put a link?

Thank you

Comment from Paul , later that day

Sorry, I meant to put that in the "Exercises" section!

Comment from Charles , later that day

Still looking for a clue about this enigmatic “Check out this 40-line Haskell program that translates Ruby on Rails code into Erlang!”

What “Exercises” section are you talking about?

Thank you

Comment from Chas Emerick , later that day

Fun with Reddit (“Check out this 40-line Haskell program that translates Ruby on Rails code into Erlang!”)

Can you please put a link?

I don't have the link on me, but I'm pretty sure it went through reddit the same day we saw that great writeup of the Perl 6 VM written in Forth.

Comment from Paul , later that day

Charles (not to be confused with Chas), I hate to break this to you, but it was a joke -- as was my reply. If you read programming.reddit.com long enough you start to get punchy.

Comment from Charles , later that day

I must be getting too old to understand this kind of joke :)

Thank you for waking me up!

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