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 2 of 47)

Quora questions I've seen enough of
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Window throwing in OS X and Ubuntu
Friday, April 29th, 2016
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What happens when you screw up?
Friday, April 1st, 2016
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Good Python Interview Questions
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
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Teaching Non-programmers what Programming is Like
Saturday, March 5th, 2016
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Remote workers and how to keep them
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
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I Remember the Web: altavista.digital.com
Saturday, November 14th, 2015
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The good old TRS-80 Model III
Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Does Python scale?
Friday, July 31st, 2015
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What makes a good developer?
Monday, July 27th, 2015