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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.

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!

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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

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78 posts tagged "python"

Does Python scale?
Friday, July 31st, 2015
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Booktools
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
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Making your way from PHP to Python and Django
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
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Pocket Django
Saturday, May 17th, 2008
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Python one-liner of the day
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
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How not to advocate via Google Code
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
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99 problems
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
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Django Mercurial mirror tweaks
Monday, March 17th, 2008
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From PHP to Python
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
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Book news: Rough Cuts and Amazon
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
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The Language I Will Kind of Learn in 2008: Smalltalk
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
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A Mercurial mirror of Django's Subversion repository
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
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Understanding tuples vs. lists in Python
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
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World's ugliest Django app
Monday, January 21st, 2008
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A little something I've been working on
Monday, January 14th, 2008
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Visualizing trends in the bug-tracker
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
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Python was apparently 2007's Language of the Year
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
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Python 3.0a1 on OS X
Friday, August 31st, 2007
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OSCON 2007, Day 4
Thursday, July 26th, 2007
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OSCON 2007, Day 2
Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
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Django Unicodification
Friday, July 13th, 2007
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Belated comments on Dreaming in Code
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
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Django.June wrapup
Sunday, June 17th, 2007
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Array comprehensions in Javascript
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
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Attachment-viewing script for mutt
Friday, May 11th, 2007
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Django.June
Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
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Bicycle Repair Man bundle for TextMate
Saturday, April 14th, 2007
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Python 3 short course
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
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Two new Django-powered sites
Sunday, February 25th, 2007
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Neat Python hack: infix operators
Sunday, February 25th, 2007
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Dreaming In Code: The Interview
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
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The whitespace brigade
Monday, January 8th, 2007
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Python 2.5 Library Reference for Plucker
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
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New Year's programming resolutions
Monday, January 1st, 2007
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99-byte Python quicksort
Friday, December 15th, 2006
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One Laptop Per Child -- with Python
Friday, December 1st, 2006
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dpaste.com
Thursday, November 16th, 2006
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TextMate command for paste.e-scribe.com
Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
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Pastebin update: Pygments
Friday, October 20th, 2006
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If all else fails, force it
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
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Handling legacy URLs with Django
Friday, September 29th, 2006
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The "path" module
Thursday, September 28th, 2006
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Johnny can too code
Friday, September 15th, 2006
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Django as superego
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
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Enforcing Style
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
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Random crufty open source release of the day
Saturday, April 15th, 2006
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Moving the blog to Django
Monday, April 10th, 2006
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Neat new stuff in Python 2.5
Sunday, April 9th, 2006

The twenty-minute trouble ticket system
Friday, March 31st, 2006
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Why the python.org redesign is good
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
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Python.org redesign launches
Monday, March 6th, 2006
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"Reverse" game update -- my language safari
Friday, February 24th, 2006
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Django development tips
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
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Django: less (magic) is more
Sunday, February 12th, 2006
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More mobile Python options
Monday, February 6th, 2006
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Soft launch
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
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Let's play a game: BASIC vs. Ruby vs. Python vs. PHP
Saturday, January 14th, 2006
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IronPython 1.0 beta
Thursday, January 5th, 2006

YAPWF: Aaron Swartz's web.py released
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
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Turbogears and Subway to merge?
Saturday, December 31st, 2005
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Guido at Google
Saturday, December 31st, 2005
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Django Docs in Plucker format
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
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Python Library Reference for Plucker
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
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Ajaxy regex tester in Python: retest
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
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Python question: a better urlparse?
Monday, December 12th, 2005
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A minimal wiki in Django
Monday, December 12th, 2005
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Figlet Captcha
Monday, December 5th, 2005
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Introduction to Trac
Friday, November 11th, 2005
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TurboGears progress, or, bring on the CRUD
Sunday, November 6th, 2005
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WebKit screen-grabbers
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
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Controller freaks
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
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YAPWF: TurboGears
Sunday, September 18th, 2005
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Python and XUL
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
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PyObjC in, Cocoa-Java out
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
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State of the Python Union
Friday, August 5th, 2005
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CodeZoo
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
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Mobile Python
Thursday, July 28th, 2005
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Python web framework mania
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
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