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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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17 posts tagged "rails"

Rails security hole hullabaloo
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
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Best OSCON 2006 -- er, 2005 -- photo
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
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The Zend Framework
Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
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Ruby on Rails 1.0
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Rails/Django lovefest in Chicago
Monday, December 5th, 2005
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TrimPath Junction: a pure Javascript clone of Rails
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
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The "mirage" of CMS generality
Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Locomotive: Rails for OS X
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
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Controller freaks
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
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Big Nerd Ruby Ranch
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

YAPWF: TurboGears
Sunday, September 18th, 2005
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Django progress
Friday, August 26th, 2005
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A List Apart 4.0
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
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Django, Rails, and PHP
Friday, August 19th, 2005
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Monday, August 1st, 2005
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Everything on Rails
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
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Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
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