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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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I just filed a ticket with the Google AppEngine project requesting the source to GoogleAppEngineLauncher, with the idea that this would make a very cool Django developer's aid on OS X -- much like Locomotive for Rails. Anybody else interested in this should go star it:

Update: Cool. In less than 24 hours, 38 people have starred the issue, making it the 31st most-requested item and rising -- ahead of hot numbers like "Please add Tcl support". Sorry, Tcl.

Saturday, May 24th, 2008
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Comment from John , 6 months later

Hey Paul,

Have you made any progress with this?

Comment from Paul , 6 months later

Well, it's up to 97 stars, but still no source to be found, so at this point I'm assuming we won't see it.

(Obligatory book plug: Despite Google's failure to embrace my little idea, we do have an 11-page appendix in the book about using Django with GAE.)

Comment from Derek , 16 months later

Well,the ticket is marked as closed and done now...

Comment from Paul , 3 years later

Hey, look, they released the source!

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