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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 Mercurial mirror tweaks

Update: The mirror described in this post has been retired. Django source now lives on GitHub.

I really enjoyed my participation in the last Django sprint, but prior commitments prevent me from participating in the PyCon Django sprint that begins today. On the chance that people may be taking advantage of my Mercurial mirror of the Django repository, I made a couple tweaks:

Have fun!

Monday, March 17th, 2008
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Comment from Simon Griffee , 8 weeks later

Thank you so much for providing the Django Mercurial mirror.

This has saved me from having to speak to my ISP here in Italy to try to solve the proxy errors I get when attempting to access the code.djangoproject.com trunk through SVN.

I'm also learning about Mercurial in the process!

Comment from Paul , 8 weeks later

You're very welcome - glad to hear it's of use.

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