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.


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!


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

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The archive (page 1 of 47)

How to port 100,000 lines of Python 2 to Python 3
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
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Sunday, January 19th, 2020
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261-character git one-liner of the day
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

How things get better after you screw up at work
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
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Thursday, May 31st, 2018

How I became a software engineer, 8-bit version
Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
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My 100x ROI as accidental domain speculator
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
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Neo4J and Graph Databases
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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How did I get here?
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

The Riak key-value database: I like it
Friday, February 24th, 2017
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