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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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Bitbucket, Debian Linux, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, macOS, Markdown, Mercurial, Python, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, xmonad

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Python and XUL

I can hardly pose as knowledgeable about XUL, having only just recently learned to pronounce it, but I'm happy to learn that the Mozilla project is moving forward with XUL bindings for Python. I prefer the more revolutionary slogan, though: "Breaking the grip JS has on the DOM". Yes! Cast off the chains!

If you're not versed in the internals of Mozilla, a good bit of that wiki page will make your eyes glaze over. If you've remained conscious, also check out Brendan Eich's blog posting on the subject and the comments on bug #255942.

Seeing Python code inside CDATA blocks gives me the same kind of queasiness I get from the Python-in-HTML web template languages, though.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

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