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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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The Language I Will Kind of Learn in 2008: Smalltalk

In 2007, I took a whack at learning Haskell as my Language of the Year. It was an educational experience on more levels than I had expected. I didn't get as far with the language as I might have hoped, but I did have the essential mind-opening experience of dealing with a purely functional, "lazy" language. My approach and style in my primary day-to-day language (Python) changed in a positive way. I really like Haskell and hope to continue playing, and possibly working, with it in the future.

So it's February. I've been busy. But I like this LotY thing. For 2008 I'm going to look at Smalltalk. Here are some of the things, in no particular order, that I think are cool about Smalltalk:

I've already installed GNU Smalltalk and Squeak on my Ubuntu play machine. I know from last year not to expect any grand output, but I'm looking forward to the education nonetheless.

Saturday, February 9th, 2008
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Comment from Randal L. Schwartz , later that day

Yes... I think 2008 will be Smalltalk's year with Seaside being the "next" RoR, even though Seaside actually predated and influenced RoR.

Comment from Paolo Bonzini , later that day

We'll be happy to help with GNU Smalltalk at help-smalltalk@gnu.org!

Comment from Loren Davie , 2 days later

For me I think its going to be Erlang. I love the idea of the super-high availability and massively distributed nature of it. And there's a Python interface! (Called a "port" in Erlang-speak).

Comment from Paul , 3 days later

What a nice trio of comments.

Randal: I'm excited to see what happens with Seaside this year, though growth on the Rails scale would astonish me.

Paulo: Thanks for the kind offer; I'm sure I'll need help!

Loren: Nice to hear from you. Erlang is very interesting to me as well, so I look forward to hearing what you think of it if you do indeed go that way.

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