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About Me

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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Back in Action

During the 40 months or so of this blog's life I've worked to keep it focused on my technical and professional interests, not personal stories. That means that you are conveniently spared having to read the story behind the lack of posts here since late May. Summary: Things were bad, but are much better now.

So I'm now back in action, and sporadic posts should be forthcoming without another four-month wait. For those waiting on the book, rest assured that it's well under control, and closer than ever to being in your hands. Final details to come. But soon you'll be able to buy it, carry it to the cafe, and put it out on your table next to your laptop as a sign of your great savvy.

Saturday, September 27th, 2008


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Comment from Brian Rosner , later that day

Yay! Welcome back, pbx! :)

Comment from Alex , later that day

Great to have you back! Hope to see you prowling the #django channels once again.

Comment from Matt Rose , later that day

Good to see you back blogging!

Comment from Empty , later that day

Welcome back! We missed you Paul.

Comment from LorenDavie , 1 day later

Yay! Welcome back!

Comment from Eric Florenzano , 1 day later

It's great to see you back!

Comment from Gour , 1 day later


Nice to hear you're alive considering that I pre-order the book few days ago :-)

Sincerely, Gour

Comment from akahn , 1 day later

Wow, welcome back. Glad things are going okay.

Comment from Gour , 3 days later


Forgot to ask...will the book cover django-1.0 ?

Sincerely, Gour

Comment from Paul , 1 week later

Thanks for all the well wishes! It's good to be back.

Gour, the short answer to your question is yes. In fact, on the cover of the actual book you'll see a nice little badge celebrating this fact.

Comment from Gour , 1 week later


I'm waiting to receive it and hold it in my hand :-)

All the best ;)

Sincerely, Gour

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