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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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Real-World Haskell: A new book

This is exciting -- three notable personalities from the Haskell world (Bryan O'Sullivan, Don Stewart, and John Goerzen) have teamed up to write a new book on Haskell for O'Reilly. Even better, it will be published under a Creative Commons license and released chapter-by-chapter on their website.

For now all that's on their new site is a blog, but that's sure to change over the coming days and weeks.


I suspect this will become the standard intro to Haskell for working programmers like myself. If only it had been available at the beginning of my year-of-trying-to-learn-Haskell!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
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