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

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10 posts tagged "reading"

What happens when you screw up?
Friday, April 1st, 2016
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Book news: Rough Cuts and Amazon
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
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A little something I've been working on
Monday, January 14th, 2008
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Belated comments on Dreaming in Code
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
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Dreaming In Code: The Interview
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
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Dispatches from Blogistan
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
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Required reading: Steve Yegge
Monday, March 6th, 2006

BASIC Computer Games
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
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Salon turns 10
Sunday, November 20th, 2005
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The Spolsky Book
Saturday, July 9th, 2005