E-Scribe : a programmer’s blog

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.

Book

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!

Colophon

Built using Django, served with gunicorn and nginx. The database is SQLite. Hosted on a FreeBSD VPS at Johncompanies.com. Comment-spam protection by Akismet.

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Stuff I Use

bitbucket, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, Markdown, Mercurial, OS X, Python, Review Board, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, Ubuntu Linux

Spam Report

At least 236429 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

Cake

I've been on Web Application Framework Safari for the past couple weeks. The new hotness is Ruby on Rails, which has inspired lots of imitators. Not necessarily a bad thing. Because I do so much PHP work I was curious what kind of work had been done to bring this style of development to PHP. I found CakePHP.

I'll say this for them, they write good enough documentation that I actually had a working mini-site at the end of the first tutorial I tried. Pretty good compared to some of the projects I've seen with more high-minded architecture and no usable documentation at all.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
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