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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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Back in January I posted about the idea of having a get-together of Django programmers here in Northampton in June, playing on the Django (Reinhardt) in June music festival happening at the same time.

I finally found time to put a page together, and people are beginning to sign up. So if you're a Django person and you're within range of Northampton, check it out!


Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
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Comment from Jim T , later that day

What a very fine idea. I'd like to see the Ruby on Rails community top this one. I hope this is a big hit as I'd like to make it next year.

Comment from Paul , later that day

Thanks, Jim.

I'm not sure what the Ruby on Rails equivalent would be -- maybe a field trip to the Sheffield Ruby Mine in Franklin, NC ("During the 2006 Season, over 400 Honkers were found along with 22 Super Honkers!").

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