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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.


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Gruber on AppleScript

I've always wanted to like AppleScript more. Even though I've occasionally been paid to write AppleScript code, and always have a few little snippets gluing parts of my work environment together, I've never really gained facility with it. I've always summarized its flaws this way: It's very easy to read for general sense, but damn hard to write. Sort of the inverse of Perl -- which, probably not coincidentally, is the world's most popular glue language. So while this characteristic of AppleScript may have been a conscious decision on the part of its designers, I'd argue it hasn't served us all that well. (I'd also argue that Automator is a partial acknowledgement of those failings.) John Gruber of Daring Fireball sums it up nicely in his recent posting:

the language syntax is optimized for English-likeness, rather than being optimized for making it clear just what the fuck is actually going on.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

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