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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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An embarrassment of RichIAs

First we had this, which begat this which begat this and this, while meanwhile people have been busy doing that. Of course those guys want to get in on the action, and so naturally these guys do too, announcing this today.

The name "JavaFX Script" is brilliant -- now instead of just confusing Java and Javascript, people can confuse all three! Plus it sounds a little like "Flex" and has two As, a J and an X in it. Maybe Microsoft will rebrand Silverlight as "JFlex.NET" to help things along.

I feel almost as grumpy as Mark.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
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