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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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Django Unicodification

On July 4th, which in America is a holiday involving even less attention paid to international events than usual, a wonderful thing happened to Django. On that day the Unicode branch, whose goal was to make it easier to work with non-ASCII character data in Django, was merged into the main development version (or "trunk" in svn-speak). There's an application porting guide on the Django wiki.

The main reason I'm making this post, though, is because while Malcolm Tredinnick's blog doesn't allow comments (nudge) I wanted to make sure he was publicly thanked for all his hard work on this project. While he notes that the project "was in no way a solo effort", there's no question that Malcolm deserves a huge round of applause, or many pints of beer, or some other international sign of gratititude. The evidence is hard to refute.

You can read more of Malcolm's post-merge thoughts on his blog.

Friday, July 13th, 2007
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Comment from Simon Willison , later that day

Here's Malcolm's Amazon wishlist.

Comment from Manuel , later that day

Bravo Malcolm!

Thanks for your excellent work.

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