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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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10 posts tagged "engineering"

How to port 100,000 lines of Python 2 to Python 3
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
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How things get better after you screw up at work
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
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How I became a software engineer, 8-bit version
Tuesday, December 26th, 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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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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Remote workers and how to keep them
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
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Aesthetics and computation
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
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Racebike building and software engineering
Thursday, March 6th, 2008
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